My Aunt Sherri and I have been meaning to spend a full day together since Tyrel and I moved here. So we decided on an activity….driving to Woodinville and touring a couple wineries!
My favorite was Chateau Ste Michelle.
Washington has an ideal climate for vineyards. Plenty of rainfall but just the right mix of sunshine and warmth too. The warm summer days make the grapes more sweet and the cool summer nights increase the grape’s acidity, balancing out the two flavors you want present in your glass.
Whites and reds are made differently, but the difference isn’t only in the grape itself (because there are some red grapes that are actually made into white wine). The difference is in the fermentation process.
With reds, there are two stages in the fermentation process. During the first stage the skins are left on. This is where the color comes from. It is also where the tannins in the red wine come from that prolong the life of the wine. Maybe part of the reason opened bottles of white wine seem to last a shorter length of time? And why you serve them cold and put the back in the fridge after you open them? Just a thought.
I still prefer reds, but I found a dry riesling that I really really like that Chateau Ste Michelle has called “Eroica”. Not to be confused with “Erotica”. If you walk into a wine bar and accidentally ask for “erotica” you may be disappointed, disturbed, or disgusted. Just a warning.