Wild, Wild, Wild

Let's talk Legends.

Merriam-Webster defines Legend as such:

A: a story coming down from the past; B: a popular myth of recent origin; C: a person or thing that inspires legends. 

This week we've got something really special going on for you. We've got a series of Legends and legendary wines we're going to taste through. And as much Springsteen and classic rock we listen to around here at the Shop, one of our favorite songs from a more modern artist is Wild by John Legend. In the song, he sings:

I wanna drive you
Wild, wild, wild
I wanna love you
For miles and miles

And that's precisely our intent this week: to drive you wild with how amazing these wines are!

Let's get the big one out of the way first, even if it's not the first wine of the lineup we'll be tasting. Ruth Lewandowski Feints Cuvee Zero rosé by Evan Lewandowski. After working and studying in Alsace, France, Mr. Lewandowski started making his own wines in California under the domaine name Ruth Lewandowski. The name Ruth was inspired by the Book of Ruth in the Bible, but Evan believes "Ruth" to be more of a concept that defines his farming, winemaking beliefs and practices. Here's the thing about this wine though - the production of this wine is super small, limited and allocated. Yes allocated, like those rare (and sometimes not-so-rare) bourbons that people go out and hunt and collect. This wine falls in that category. People actively seek this wine out because it can be so hard to get your hands on. Well, we got exactly one case. And while we'll have to crack into that case to pour for the tasting, leaving us with even fewer bottles, if you love this wine (and we're certain that you will) make sure you get one before it's gone. Because once those twelve bottles are depleted, there is no more to get.

Hailing from her vineyards in Willamette Valley, Oregon, Brianne Day is another legend of the wine-making world. Having moved to Willamette Valley at 16, Brianne Day fell in love with the vineyards of Oregon. In her early twenties, she traveled the world to see and explore even more vineyards. Having worked in France, New Zealand and Argentina before coming back to Oregon in 2008 to start making her own wines, she easily makes one of the best Pinot Noirs in the Willamette Valley. And as a special treat, which will be one of our wines this week, is her L’Orange, an unoxidized expression of Riesling, Muller Thurgau and Pinot Gris. In 2020 she released her very first orange wine, and this current release 2021 is her second go-around with it.

Laurel Vineyard Teutonic Rosé. The Teutonic wines stemmed from that wondrous Ah-Ha Moment. We love Ah-Ha moments and especially the stories that follow. In the wine world, the Ah-Ha moment is when we finally drink that one wine that does it for us. Makes us fall in love and understand fully and finally why people consider wine the nectar of the gods. It's the bottle that did it for us and the high we've been chasing ever since. Barnaby Tuttle had no experience in the wine industry, but when he was the buyer for a popular restaurant in Oregon and a German importer from the Mosel Valley brought him fourteen (read: 14) different expressions of Riesling, each one a different range and style, Tuttle had his wine Ah-Ha Moment. He had been under the misconception that Riesling was only sweet. But when he tasted through an entire spectrum of what Riesling could actually be and is, he was hooked. He and his wife Olga began making their own wines after that and the rest... is the stuff of legend.

Are we driving you wild for this Tasting yet?

The final wine of the Tasting is from a winery in Mendocino County, California that does something wicked cool and unique. The focus at Idlewild vineyards is to emulate the beauty and varietals of the elevated hills in Piedmont, Italy and produce them in Mendocino County, California. Idlewild only produces single-varietal Piedmontese wines. We'll be tasting their Flora & Fauna, a Dolcetto; a perfect ending. We don't know about you, but we love Dolcetto. And yes, it's a red you can drink before dinner. Yes it's a red you can drink with dinner. But we prefer it post dinner before we get into the dessert course. So to conclude with the Idlewild we think rather fitting.

Legends. Stories. Rarities. And Tall Tales. We've got it all for you this week.

I wanna drive you
Wild, wild, wild
I wanna love you
For miles and miles

See you there!
Salud,

The Wine Shop Team

 

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