Hey, friends! Today I’m launching the Wine Notebook feature, which will be a semi-regular series of posts to bookmark wines that are worth remembering. I claim no expertise in wine beyond my own consumption and conversations, but I do enjoy it very much. My favorite wine person once told me that blogging about wine is a way of building “off-shore memory,” and I’ve always liked that as a metaphor. Blogging is a great way of keeping notes on life.
Our very first wine of the series is a “French Colombard.” Full disclosure: I have no idea what that means. According to Wikipedia, “Colombard (also known as French Colombard in North America) is a white French wine grape variety that is the offspring of Gouais blanc and Chenin blanc.” More interestingly, “[i]n France, it was traditionally grown in the Charentes and Gascony for distilling into Cognac and Armagnac respectively.”
(Yum, I love Cognac.)
True to its label, this white wine was on the sweeter side. More sugary than a Sauvignon Blanc but less so than a Muscat, this bottle was delicious with the spicy Indian food Paul and I ate for dinner. It was refreshing, but I recall it also lingered on the palate a bit longer than some of the dry white wines. The label claims this wine is a “Texas Style” wine; indeed, the wine is made in New Braunfels, Texas, but I think the grapes may be grown elsewhere. Modern hippie that I am, I like to buy local if I can, and this is a Texas wine I’d buy again. We found it at our local Spec’s for about $18, I believe.