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 at or 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.
Happy Holidays from the good looking folks at the Anthem. I hope that your holidays are filled with good food, friends, rest or whatever it is that recharges you. For me, it's not necessarily rest. While I'm not one for resolutions, I do have a bit of an odd holiday tradition by most standards. Each year for the past three I've participated in the Festive 500. The Festive 500 is a "virtual event" if such a thing makes sense sponsored by Rapha, makers of ludicrously high end cycling clothing, and Strava, an online fitness app, which I use for cycling.
The goal is to ride 500 kilometers or just about 311 miles between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. This is a ridiculous thing to do, I admit. I do it for a couple reasons. As a competitive cyclist my race season ended a few weeks ago as the cyclocross season came to a close. I won't race again, until March at the earliest, or maybe April. That is a long time between races. The Festive 500 is perhaps one last chance to push myself a bit harder or in this case for longer, than I'm comfortable before shutting that part of my cycling self down for awhile. It also keeps the winter weight off like a champ.
I see the Festive 500 as kind of the opposite of that resolution phenomenon that those of you who are unlucky enough to belong to a gym get to experience each new year. It begins in January and lasts until about the end of February. The gym's awfully crowded, new faces, folks who've resolved to get in shape this year. I used to belong to a climbing gym and it was the same routine each year. The gym was nearly unbearable until mid-February and it was almost always back to normal by the end of that month. I don't go to a gym anymore but I cannot imagine this phenomenon has gone away at all. Remember, it's not how you start, it's how you finish.
Rather than resolve to "get in shape" maybe you should resolve to drink more wines like this week's Friday Find. Pinot Blanc, which I've long been touting as one of my favorite whites from the Willamette Valley might be the way to go for the new year. Maybe resolved to shift your "go-to" Oregon white wine from Pinot Gris to Pinot Blanc, or if you've been drinking more Pinot Blanc than Pinot Gris, maybe do the opposite? Switching it up is what I'm advocating. This 2011 Pinot Blanc from Torii Mor is chock full of fruit aromas pineapple mixed with lime zest, and it concludes with a crisp citrus finish. For $15 it's a nice wine to pair with a coming new year.