February 24, 2006

A Pink Merlot???

It's a pinky girly wine!
Splish, splash.

So the PIT (Partner in Tasting) and I headed to Healdsburg for the night recently with a plan to hit a bunch of new wineries......Initially my idea was to head back to the ones I've tried and liked, but then thought better of that idea. Why not try a bunch of new places? So that's what we did and I'm glad for it. We tried a lot of great, new wines from seven (count em) SEVEN wineries. It's a good thing I wasn't driving. I'm going to have to learn the fine art of the spit when tasting.
One thing that I am learning about tasting is that the fun places to stop aren't necessarily the places that make the best wine. But somehow, when the people are friendly and nice it makes the faults in the wine a little bit easier to ignore. When the person pouring is pissy, as one woman was to me on this tour, skipping their wines becomes a lot easier!!! You just associate the label with the mean face.

Anyhow, I'll get to the point: the tastings.

1) Our first stop was Wilson Winery, 1960 Dry Creek Road. We'd never heard of this place, but the huge San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition winner banner flying outside (Um, not very subtle, but smart marketing!!) inspired us to turn left and take a peek It was worth it. WIlson's is a warm and inviting place to taste. They've got a woodstove running (a nice touch on a raw day like ours) and a table for splitting a bottle. The patio also has chairs and small tables and overlooks the vineyards. The view is gorgeous. Unfortunately, my camera died so I didn't get any photos. DOH

Wilson's also had some good solid wines. I should get to the funny part right away. The PIT really got hooked on Wilson's 2003 Blushing Flamingo Merlot, a pink wine with notes of guava and passion fruit. The pink wine gave me much fodder for teasing the PIT all day. (Oh girlie man like dee pink wines!) Yet Jim was so confident in his masculinity that he not only defended his wine, but bought a bottle of it for $16. (Really, you want to buy a bottle? Isn't it a little cold to be drinking this?) The Merlot looked nothing like the Merlots I've had, and I am sure there is a reason it's pink. (I forgot to ask but will get to that in a later post or consult my Wine for Dummies book) Nonetheless, I liked this wine, too. It was light, melon-y and quite quaffable (HA!) and I think it would be a lovely summer wine to sip on some beach in Hawaii if we ever get back there. Unfortunately, Jim drank the bottle with my mom the next night so we will not have it for summer unless we go find it somewhere else.
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