Melissa: This month I’m all about how unseasonably warm the North East has been (with the exception of when my partner visits). Our second flight for April features two wines that are “kick back on the deck or in the yard (or even just the sofa) and just enjoy the day wines” – and trust me, they’ve already been put through “proper testing”. So for these lovely summer-like spring days, I offer you Two Winey Bitches Second Flight of wines.
Flora Springs Soliloquy Vineyard Oakville Sauvignon Blanc
What They Say: We pride ourselves in crafting a Sauvignon Blanc that exhibits not only bright fruit and acidity, but refined minerality as well. Our Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from our Soliloquy Vineyard in the Oakville Appellation. The two clones we’ve planted here—our proprietary Sauvignon Blanc clone and a Sauvignon Musqué clone—give us the often elusive yet delicious melon and fig flavors. Following fermentation, we age our wine sur lees for eight months in three different vessels: concrete, stainless steel, and stainless barrels. After nearly two decades of experimentation, we have found this combination enhances the bright acidity, bouquet, and minerality unique to our vineyard site. The sur lees aging ties each of these components together, creating a long, silky finish on the palate. With citrus, tropical fruit, lemongrass, vanilla and honeysucklle flavors, the wine shows a fine structure, with brilliant acidity and a clean finish.
What We Say: This is summertime in a glass if you ask me. It is bright, crisp and ready for that nice day to just sit back, listen to some music and share a glass or two with friends, which is exactly how it was first put to the test. Sitting on the deck with friends this wine is perfect to just enjoy. It was also wonderful alongside the spanakopita snacks I offered, and then it held it’s own nicely with the Chinese take-out later that night. Granted I didn’t order anything heavy, but it went along nicely with my veggie lo-mein.
Blend Information: 100% Sauvignon Blanc (30% Proprietary Soliloquy clone, 70% Sauvignon Musqué clone)
Price Point: $20 on their website
Dreaming Tree Crush (Red Blend)
What They Say: For Crush, Dave and I hand-selected a special blend of our favorite varieties to create a red wine that pulls you in with notes of smoky berry and a pop of raspberry jam. Around the dinner table or out on the patio, it’s a wine you’re going to want to share with your favorite people.” –Steve Reeder on his Dave Matthews wine collaboration.
What We Say: OK, yeah so when he says “Dave” he is in fact talking about Dave Matthews. My wine guy, George (again), suggested this to me a while back and I’ve been meaning to make sure it was a Featured Wine. It’s not that I’m a Dave Matthews Band fan, it’s that I’m a fan of a glass of wine that doesn’t need to pair with anything to be fantastic. Yes, they talk about their 100% recycled paper labels, and natural corks from sustainable farms, but you want to know what got me? The taste!! This is another great wine to reward yourself after a day clearing the yard or washing down the deck furniture… or that you managed to make it through a Tuesday. (Let’s be honest… that is sometimes cause for celebration in my house.) So put your feet up and think about nothing but enjoying this wine.
Blend Information: 67% Merlot, 33% Zinfandel
Price Point: $15 on their website