Not all of the wine choices I share with you are ones I’ve been sent by the winery to sample. Today’s weekend wine pick is one of those wines that I wasn’t sent; it’s one I tasted at a local wine store and loved enough to buy.
Dry Creek Vineyard 2012 Dry Chenin Blanc was the wine being sampled at the store one Saturday afternoon when I ran in to get some sparkling wine for a special occasion. I was in a hurry, but I wasn’t going to pass up a chance to try a new wine. In the few minutes I was there talking with the employee giving the tasting, we both agreed the Chenin Blanc would be a wonderful wine to pair with cheese.
On its own, the wine is perfectly dry with soft flavors of peach and citrus. I ran with the cheese pairing idea, and I tried the wine with a few different cheeses. First, I tried some spring cheeses - a simple goat cheese on its own and some Brie on a cracker with a little honey. Very nice.
Then I decided to do something against my usual way of thinking. I tried it with some Maytag Blue Cheese. I almost always pair blue cheese with a bold, jammy red like a Zinfandel, but I was curious. When I tried the wine after having some of the blue cheese, the buttery-ness of the wine came through. It was unexpected, but really pleasing.
I researched Dry Creek’s sustainability initiatives on the website. I was happy to see that like many California wineries, Dry Creek has made sustainability a priority.
Sustainability at Dry Creek Vineyard is a way of life. From our 100% solar energy to the recently completed fish habitat restoration project along the Dry Creek, a sustainable mindset permeates our winery culture.
The next time I put together one of my cheese plates to take to a friend’s house, I’ll probably bring along a bottle or two of the Dry Creek Vineyard Dry Chenin Blanc. It sells for around $12 a bottle, making it a very affordable wine to take. I imagine people will think I paid more.
Wine, beer and spirits disclaimer: I am not paid by any producer of wine, beer or spirits to write about their product, although the company may provide me with a sample of the product. I am not a professional reviewer of wine, beer or spirits. I'll write about the product if it's something that I like and if I think the producer is working toward making the product in an environmentally friendlier fashion.
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