White Wine – USA
“Kung Fu Girl” Riesling 2014, Charles Smith, Columbia Valley, Washington State (12.0% abv)
I’m quoting Bibendum here (!) “Winemaking is the new rock and roll. Or in Charles Smith’s case it is the new Danish Thrash Metal. Charles spent a decade in Europe managing various bands you’ll never have heard of (unless you misspent your youth in disused warehouses near the Copenhagen ring road) before seeing the light and heading to Washington State to plant vines.” Why is it called Kung Fu Girl? Charles Smith: “Because girls and Riesling kick a&$e!” The label might not be to your taste but I’m sure the wine will be. Forget all that above this is fabulous Riesling, with bags of complexity, showing notes of white peach, and mineral notes. Zesty fresh with a really long finish.
Lodi Viognier 2013, Peirano Estate Vineyards, Lodi, California
In 1992, Lance Randolph, the fourth generation of Peirano to farm the 300-acre estate, began making Peirano wine simply for himself and to prove Lodi could produce desirable wines. Previously the estate had only grown grapes for other wine makers. After considerable praise for his ability to make elegant wines, he decided to start bottling and selling Peirano wine using his estate grown grapes. Since then, Peirano has won numerous awards for producing top of the line wine using many of the old techniques valued by Giacomo Peirano. “Peaches, pineapple, and tropical fruit are complemented by the scent of lemons and ginger. Lush flavours of fresh ripe peaches so juicy they drip down your arm are balanced by flavours of apples, pears and orange marmalade. The balance of fruit and a touch of sunshine lead to a refreshing finish. This wine will remind you of a spring day on a mountainside.”
Chardonnay 2014, Linda Vista Vineyard, Matthiasson, Napa Valley, California
teve and Jill Klein Matthiasson farm seven vineyards in Napa and Sonoma. Linda Vista Vineyard is situated in one of the classic Chardonnay spots in the Napa Valley and the vines are around 25 years old. “Showing green and yellow apples, peaches, melon, and honey on the nose and through to the palate, the high acidity is balanced by pleasant fleshiness, finishing very clean with a hint of minerality. Refreshing and with moderate alcohol, this wine is all about pleasure, begging to be drunk up, with some oysters or a roast chicken and a big smile.”