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Pomeroy Cellars 2016 Farm Hand’s White, Yakima Valley, $26
Daniel Brink, a fifth-generation farmer in Washington’s Clark County, is a product of Washington State University whose introduction to the world of wine came via the school’s vaunted hospitality curriculum. This highly aromatic blend of Chardonnay (40%), Viognier (40%) and Riesling comes from Inland Desert Vineyard near Red Mountain, and it’s a rather pleasing drink. The nose reminds one of Ambrosia Salad with tropical notes of pineapple and jasmine, including a touch of facial powder. Inside, it’s fruity and fun yet dry as flavors of cantaloupe and honeydew melon come with white peach, Royal Anne cherry and delicious acidity. These wines are available online and poured on weekends at the family’s charming tasting room along the East Fork Lewis River, just downstream from Lucia Falls near the community of Yacolt.
Production: 85 cases