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#WBC15 Tinder Wine Session #1

i.e. Live Wine Blogging but I like my name better.

Somehow, Mykha’el and I got an entire table to ourselves, but we owned that shit. Every representative that came to our table sighed with relief and took a chill seat next to one of us; they relaxed and poured us their wine and talked about it for five minutes until they heard the dreaded ding, indicating that they had to move on to the next table, for a total of 10 times. We were told that this year would be different, and every wine we would have in both this session and the next would consist solely of wines from New York.

It was so seemingly perfect as we ended with an ice wine.

Standing Stone 2013 Gewürztraminer (Finger Lakes, New York) $14
Steely perfumed roses and ginger on the nose. Off-dry and pleasantly phenolic with a blanket of bitterness. Oily and concentrated; perhaps a little hot.

Fox Run 2011 Reserve Riesling (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York) $30
Medium lemon colour, with green apple, peach, mineral, and petrol. The piercing acid is softened by the off-dryness, and there is no shortage of lemons and something minerally and strange, like glue. But in a totally quaffable way.

William Vigne 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York)
A cocktail of spice, citrus, rocks, bits of fresh herbs, and green mango. Dry and quite savoury.

Keuka Spring 2014 Dynamite Vineyard Gewürtztraminer (Finger Lakes, New York) $22
Pretty. Rose petals; unctuous and ripe and with beautiful minerality and texture. Some coriander, even.

Stony Lonesome 2014 Estate Reserve Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes, New York) $14
Lively spice and sunshine with lots of white peach and grapefruit on the palate. Crisp and pure.

Dr. Konstantin Frank 2014 Grüner Veltliner (Finger Lakes, New York) $15
Spicy white peach, maybe slightly subdued but elegant, and with rounded acid.

Americana “Apparition” Vidal Blanc $14
Burst of fruity orange and tangerine with round texture and low acid. Rather simple and straightforward but very satisfying.

Wagner 2012 Caywood East Vineyard Riesling Dry (Finger Lakes, New York) $18
Animated grapefruit, peach, and stones with hints of sass and savouriness. Dry and round.

Atwater 2014 Chardonnay (Seneca Lake, Finger Lakes, New York) $30
YASSS orange wine from New York! 6 months in French oak. Flavours of forest floor, leaves, soil, wet wood, cashews; slightly salty and smouldering. SO into this.

Casa Larga 2010 Fiori Delle Stelle Vidal Blanc Ice Wine (Finger Lakes, New York) $40
Brilliant deep gold with juicy orange, herbs, and zest. Lovely acidity. Should I pair this with Frozen? I haven’t seen it yet!!!


DipWSET, Certified Sommelier, garbage person.

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