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We've decided to feature the other side of American wine, with apologies to Virginia. After all, good American wine doesn't have to come from California anymore. To that end, we're featuring both East and West Coast, with New York, Maryland, and Washington all getting their due
That's right, we did say Maryland. While doing the arduous job of tasting wine, we came across this spectacular Pét-Nat Pinot Gris from Old Westminster Winery. They started with the germ of an idea to reinvigorate their farm land in 2009 with the addition of grape vines, and by 2011 they were planting their first grape vines and were bottling the results just two years later in 2013.
What is “pét-nat”? It's the shorthand for pétillant-naturel, which has its humble beginnings before the introduction of the Champagne method, where secondary fermentation (where the bottles get their bubble) takes place inside the bottle is done without the addition of sugar. There's some confusion over whether pet-nats use yeast, but you can't have a sparkling wine without yeast. What pétillant-naturel requires is no commercial yeast, but only native, indigenous yeasts found in their cellars.
We're also super pumped to have Anthony Road, a winery located in Penn Yan, New York right on the shores of the Seneca Lake. Cabernet Franc and Riesling have flourished in the Finger Lakes, thanks to the relatively stable cool climate that is found there. It's no surprise then, that Austrian and German varietals fit right in. We're pouring a super fun blend of Cabernet Franc and Lemberger, as well as a Finger Lake classic, semi-dry Riesling.
Not to be outdone, we have two wines from Maison Bleue, their 2012 Metis and the 2012 Bourgeois. Located in Washington's Walla Walla Valley, which is part of Washington's larger (and more well-known) Columbia Valley, these two beautiful reds take their cues from Rhone style wines. The Metis is a blend of Syrah, Grenache, and Mourvedre, while the Bourgeois is a singular expression of Grenache.
The ever tremendous Harbison from Jasper Hill will be part of our feature plate, along with its Vermont counterpart (and bloomy-rind approved)Blake Hill Raspberry Mostarda, Spiced Almonds from Treat Handmade out of Milwaukee, and Iowa's own La Quercia Prosciutto Americano. An All-American Plate.
Probably just David Bowie's "Young Americans" on repeat.