This Week’s Wines

I turned 21 only seven months ago, but I can already tell you one thing — I love wine. You can find a good wine to go with any food and it almost always makes a meal better. This semester I’m taking a wine tasting class, so each week I’ll have a new set of wines to give my thoughts on. Our assignment each week is to buy a bottle of wine from one of the types we tasted in class, taste it, and then write a message board post about it. I’ll post each of the wines we tasted in class and any I try outside of class as well.

This week was our basic, white tasting class. We tasted two each of the most popular whites (Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Riesling).

2010 Michel Barraud White Burgundy (Macon Village, France) — As many wine enthusiasts will tell you, the Burgundy region of France is the mecca of wine. This was my first taste of the region (note: all whites from Burgundy are Chardonnay and all reds are Pinot Noir). This wine was dry with pear, green apple, and pineapple on the nose. The pineapple and green apple became even more pronounced on the palate and the wine had a chalky, stony taste to it as well. It had good balance of the ingredients but not a lot of complexity.

2010 NoCo Chardonnay (Sonoma) — This one wasn’t as good as the Burgundy. Pear and magnolia on the nose, with peach and pineapple on the palate. This one had a mineral/metallic taste due to the stainless steel barreling.

2011 Walnut Block Collectibles Sauvignon Blanc (New Zealand) — This Sauv Blanc had a lot going on and was full of fruit. It had strong grapefruit on the nose, as well as hints of clementine, peach, pineapple, and pear. All of those fruits were apparent on the palate, and I noticed a fresh grass note as well. Tons of complexity, though the balance wasn’t the best.

2010 Sean Minor 4 Bears Sauvignon Blanc — Unforunately, this was our first corked wine of the class. Way over-sulfured, which is too bad because from what I’ve heard, Sean makes some great, well-priced wine. An interesting note — Sean went to Kansas State and his winery has blown up in the last couple years, growing from only a few thousand crates of production to over 100,000 crates a year.

2010 Selbach Incline Riesling — I will always be partial to Riesling. It’s easily my favorite grape in the world. With that said, I’ve had Selbach before and it’s a great value Riesling with bottles for its basics only running about $10. This wine had notes of pear, green apple, and lemon, as well as petrol on the nose and palate due to natural gas deposits under the winery. Great balance and super acidic.

2010 Josef Leitz Dragon Stone Riesling — My favorite wine of the night, incredibly refresing with great balance and finish. Pear, green apple, lime, and lemon on the nose and palate with a salty note as well. Try this one out if you ever get the chance.

There will be more wines to come in the upcoming weeks. In the meantime, remember — NEVER DRINK RELAX RIESLING.

2 Responses to “This Week’s Wines”
  1. Wine tasting college course?! Wow. How awesome is that? They certainly didn’t offer any fun classes like that when I was going to school! Take it all in. It’s a great skill to be able to pair wines with food well.

    • I know! It really is a fantastic opportunity and there’s nothing better than getting college credit for eating and drinking great food and wine. The best part is it’s actually applicable to my business degree…never know when I’m going to need to wine and dine clients or impress somebody at a dinner interview! Thanks for reading!

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