This spring, we’re releasing FIVE new white wines. We’ve never released this many at once, but in the spirit of sunny weather and how much love our patio is getting, we figured if not now, when?
A few of these varietals may be new to you. We went off the well-beaten path with some of the wines (especially our Anam), but what is a journey if you can’t take a moment to explore some new routs? In our experience, the lightly-traveled paths lead to the most unexpected surprises- and Anam is definitely a pleasant surprise.
These wines are going to make an outstanding white-flight, which is how we recommend enjoying them when you come to the winery. With a flight you’ll get to choose three wines, and have all the glasses poured at once so you can taste them back-to-back.
Five new wines can seem like a lot. So, here’s our cheat sheet to help you decode our Spring Line up and find your perfect white.
Sauvignon Blanc [ exclusively for our wine club ]
The 2016 Sauvignon Blanc will be released exclusively to our Wine Club members. Not only is this an exquisite wine, but it has a unique story as well. While we intended to have over 300 cases of Sauvignon Blanc available, a production mishap in Washington resulted in the loss of the majority of the wine. Now, we have only 40 cases of this wine available. The white peach and mandarin rind flavors develop into a harmonious, complex wine. This Sauvignon Blanc would pair great with rosemary french fries, fish 'n chips, or a salad with goat cheese, candied walnuts, and cranberries.
Think of a wine with body like a Chardonnay but with a light, crisp taste- that’s a Semillon. While some Semillons are sweet, we produce a dry Semillon which compliments the rest of our wine portfolio. The body of this wine, coupled with low acidity, creates a soft but structured experience. Telaya’s Semillon pairs with brie and caramel apples.
Grenache Blanc is growing in popularity as a single-varietal wine- and for good reason. As with most of our whites, this wine comes from Boushey Vineyards. We have waited years to get on the list for this fruit. It is known for rich, bright flavors and crisp acidity. Unlike many of the wines we craft, Grenache Blanc originated in northern Spain (though it’s now planted in the Rhone Valley). This wine has Asian pear flavors drifting into a pink sea salt finish. This Grenache Blanc pairs beautifully with on-shell oysters, lemon chicken, or salmon.
If you’ve never heard of Anam (Ah-nom) you’re in good company. It’s not a varietal, but the first-ever release of our newest blend. Anam is Gaelic-Irish for the clash between two entities. But this isn’t East vs. West, or even Right vs. Left because it is Bordeaux vs. Rhone. We crafted this clash with some of our favorite Rhone and Bordeaux barrels. Unlike spouse vs. in-laws, you can enjoy this clash and savor the fusion of flavors down to the last drop. Try Anam with pears and blue cheese, or fish tacos with mango salsa.
Our Viognier is an aromatic, full bodied wine. While its weight is heavier, like a Chardonnay, the nose on a Viognier stands out among other white wines. We’ve been making Viognier since 2011, and it’s a cornerstone of our white wine line-up. It never fails to produce a bright, balanced wine that is appealing to a variety of palates. The 2016 Viognier has flavors of honeydew, pear, and green apple. Drink this while you soak up some sun on the patio and enjoy your favorite fruit and cheese tray.