April 2017 Wine Alliance

Spring Pleeeease!

How many more days will Seattleites wake to the sound of the rain?
Did you catch the recent Times Article “Seattle just broke a 122 year-old record for rain”? Surprised?  Nope.  The fact that 44.67 inches of relentless rain has drenched our city and spirits since October helps me understand the general malaise that has been floating around our community.  44.67 inches-that’s 3.7225 feet of rain!! Can anyone blame us for whining?

Recently I overheard someone say, “this is like bottled sunshine” and because I’m bitter about the weather my internal self said “what*ever”. But still, the romantic image of captured sun kept swimming around in my brain and eventually developed into a nugget of truth.
Stick with me here...
A vine’s goal is to grow and produce grapes so it can propagate itself. A winemaker’s goal is to harness the vine’s natural potential so they can make wine. Winemakers do this by working in tandem with the seasons. All seasons are important for the health of a vine but essential to your tasty glass are ripe grapes. Grapes become ripe by hanging out in the sun.  In fact, the time between fruit set* and veraison** is 40-60 days. Then it takes another 30-70 days of vine time before grapes ripen enough to harvest. So, depending on the climate, that’s 70-130 days of solar energy captured by vines and ultimately transformed into wine.
Ta-dah! Captured Sunshine!

*Fruit Set – A period when the grape bunches are forming. The fruit at this stage is small, hard and highly acidic.
**Veraison – When grapes begin to soften, change color, increase in size and ripen.

All selections for this month’s club made me think of Spring. I hope they wake up your palate and bring to life all the sunshine it took to make them.

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Everyday Drinking Club

Gregoletto Prosecco Sui Lieviti DOC Treviso, IT $23
Grape- Glera
Sui Lieviti means on its lees so you’ll see them in the bottle. I like to gently tip the bottle over a few times before opening so they blend with the wine. Some decant leaving the lees with a little wine at the bottom and then drink it as a health shot.

2015 Domaine Gardiés Les Millères Rouge Roussillion, FR $18
Grapes - Grenache, Syrah, Carignan, Mourvèdre
After seven generations of work in the region, the eighth, Victor Gardiés, has set the winery on a new course. He now focuses on freshness and liveliness over power.

Drink With Focus Club

I Clivi R_B_LFriuli, IT $30
Grape – Ribolla Gialla
I Clivi’s sparkling Ribolla is so tender and delicate it makes me want to build a case for capturing Spring in a bottle.

2010 Fattoria San Lorenzo Vigna Paradiso Marche, IT $50
Grape - Lacrima
The winemaker loves animals so much that he puts them on his labels. Ducks and Bunnies de-bug and weed the rows. Anyhow, don’t let the cute label fool you! This is the only aged Lacrima that I know of and it’s a seriously beautiful and floral wine.