Basketball official Dan Ferris also makes a wide variety of wines in Tenino, Wash., and this is one of two white wines in his starting lineup. It’s a rare Northwest blend of three traditional Bordeaux varieties — Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and high-acid Colombard — that’s also influenced by non-grape fruits such as grapefruit, fig, honeydew melon and lemon. The nose could be mistaken for Chenin Blanc, a relative of Colombard, and it’s easy to pick out the melon, but there’s also banana cream pie and honeysuckle. The bone-dry and clean drink hints at flavors of Asian pear and peach, finished by lemon zest and orange oil.
Production: 300 cases