Friday, August 12, 2011

Friday Find, August 12

Each Friday we highlight a wine from the Northwest that we think is a real "find." By find we might mean that it's a steal, as all of these wines we'll feature weekly are under $20. We might also mean "Hey, you really need to go find this" and it might be a wine that we feel not enough people know about. In any case, with the weekend pending we're hoping to help you "find" a wine to kickoff the weekend right. We'll tell you a little bit about the wine and try to help you track it down here in the Northwest.

I don't want to say too much about this next winery here because we're working on a feature on them upcoming on the Anthem. What I will say is that there is a Northwest producer of an excellent string of sparkling wines that are flying way under the radar. Way, way under. Treveri Cellars of Yakima is making several different sparkling wines, using all traditional methods and right now, all of their available wines are priced under $20. They are working on some extended tirage wines that will likely command a higher price point. Like I said, with out giving away our next post what I will do is relay to you an exchange I had with the clerk at Wine World when I was picking up a bottle of their wine. Clerk: "Have you had this wine?" Me:" Yeah, I got to taste their wines at Taste Washington. I was impressed." Clerk: "I know, fact is, I'm having a hard time believing how well this wine is drinking at this pricepoint from Washington." Me: "You know, for a sparkler, you're right maybe this is the Matrix?"

My friends this Friday Find is one I'm still shaking my head about. The attention to quality and character of these wines comes through in the glass, there are certainly some mass produced American made sparkling wines at a lower pricepoint, but they don't scream individually bottle fermented like the wines from Treveri Cellars. The Sparkling Riesling is this week's Friday Find. This Riesling brings a lot to the table and at the $16-17 price point, it's silly how good it is. Aromatics of cut tropical fruit and melons are mixed with floral notes. The palate of the wine reveals a a beautiful sweetness at 3.4% residual sugar but the acidity and yeasty elements of a well made sparkler make this an excellent combination. You can find this wine in Seattle at Wine World and 106 Pine. For our other Northwest readers I'd recommend you chat with your wine shop or steward and say, get me some Treveri Mr. Anderson! (Poorly placed Matrix joke.)


We are fortunate enough to live in Zillah, just a few minutes (okay, fifteen minutes) away from "The Sparkle Tasting Room" at Trevari Cellars. Yes it is a fantastic portfolio of bubbles. Yes they are very well priced, and no you can't have any, we want to drink it all ourselves! Their tasting room is a GREAT place to sit and sip a glass after work, or an afternoon of shopping in Yakima!
~ Marty and Ryan Johnson

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