Friday, February 03, 2012

Friday Find, February 3

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.

Our Friday Finds focus on bringing you a nice Northwest wine for $20, at the most.  It got me to thinking, what can you get for $20.  Doing some rigorous research on the interwebs I came across a 2003 article from Esquire magazine.  Esquire is like most men's magazines that I don't read, like GQ and maybe Details.,(Is that still around?)  Largely these magazines are written for rich people who dress like assholes. Every once in awhile, or at least once, like this time, you find a gem.  The article was about what a Jackson could get you.  "I'm not talking about buying here, by the way. When it comes to things with a price tag, a twenty doesn't get you much. You could open one of those stores called EVERYTHING FOR $20, and who the f*ck would go in there? Who needs a bunch of art calendars and T-shirts? No one wants to spend a twenty. It's a fair amount of money, for one thing. And it won't get you much, for another. Not in the way of merchandise, anyway. No, you have to give the twenty. Pass it, release it. This is about as much Zen as I can muster: Stuff your pockets full of twenties and doors will open by themselves."

More and more, the point above is right on, $20 doesn't buy what it used to, and before we get into how many people $20 will feed in a third world country, and I'm sure it's a large number, let's remember this is a wine blog.  That's not why we're here.  What $20, on the nose buys you this week is a Willamette Valley Cuvee, that's blend for the uninitiated from Dayton, Oregon's Seufert Winery.  (We'll have a full feature on them in the next little while.)  First off, this is a 2007, what was once a dogged vintage is now really coming into form.  This wine is all kinds of elegant fruit, blackberries and raspberries, earth and just a hint of spice.  The aromatics are true to Oregon's beautifully nuanced Pinot.  Crafted from six different vineyard sites in the North Willamette Valley this wine over delivers on value, you could easily confuse it for a wine nearly twice the price.  It can be had on their website and in the tasting room  and a few choice locations.  Salem's West Side Wine Shop, Portland has it at Garrison Fine Wines and Korkage and you can find it at the Wilsonville Fred Meyer too.  In any case get some.

What does $40 get you?


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