I received an email last month to see if I would be
interested in running some in-store tastings of several
wines in Pennsylvania. It came by way of Andrew Quady, who
owns Quady Winery, makers of some favorite wines of mine,
along with his wife Laurel Quady. You see, last year, I had
called up Quady Winery to speak with their marketing person
to see about advancing their wines on the east coast. As I
was communicating with their marketing person, she started
cc'ing Andrew on the emails, and then he wound up emailing
me, and a new connection was made. As one of the wines was
going to be from Quady, he extended the opportunity to me to
run a couple of the wine tastings.
One year later, and I am in a store in Broomall, PA along
with Chris De Sanctis of The San Francisco Wine Exchange
whom I met last year [on a Saturday] while meeting the
Quady's at the chocolate festival in New York City.
But let's get to the wine. Two brothers in Washington
state who have been farmers for 20 years decide to start
making wine five years ago. This wine is made from
Chardonnay grapes from three vineyards, has very little oak
to it, giving a taste of melons and pineapples along with
white pepper. The nose is great, yielding both cantaloupe
and straw. The taste has a bite with the white pepper aspect.
I gave it an 8, simply because I know they have some
other stuff that might wow me even more.