Vashon Winery NV Isletage, Puget Sound, $17

By on September 27, 2015

vashon-winery-isletage-nv-labelVashon Island vintner Ron Irvine serves as vice-president of the Puget Sound Wine Growers Association, and that group developed the name for this lightly carbonated creation from grapes that can do well on the islands — in this case, Madeleine Angevine (75%) from Lopez Island and Chasselas (25%) from Vashon Island. A pour from the 500-ml cider bottle, his vessel for this non-vintage spritzer, offers aromas of sweet lemon, honeydew melon, lemongrass and jicama. There’s a match on the palate, bringing clean and bright flavors with brisk acidity and an underlying note of salinity. Irvine describes it as “7-Up for grown-ups,” which will go well with steamed mussels or linguini in clam sauce.

Rating: Recommended

Production: 20 cases

Alcohol: 12%

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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