I am very pleased to have been chosen as one of the Wine Ambassadors for L'Ecole No 41 Winery with Vineyards in Oregon and Washington. Each month I am sent 2 bottles of the wine they are featuring in a Zoom meeting. One is meant to be enjoyed during the meeting and the second is to be used in a food pairing. We are then asked to post an article about the wine and our impression and opinion of it. We receive no monetary compensation and we are expected to be 100% honest with our writings.
This month we are sipping the 2020 Chenin Blanc Old Vines. I opened this bottle and poured myself a taste about an hour before the zoom session was to begin. The wine pours a lemony yellow and it has some citrus notes but I caught more floral on the nose. This wine is produced in Yakima Valley from old vines since 1987. It retails for $17 which I think is a steal. You can order it on the L'Ecole website and there is a discount on cases.
My first sip of this wine had me yearning for a hot summer day in my pool lounger with a good book and a glass of this crisp, dry wine. It is one of those wines that causes your mouth to water. I'm sure there is a technical term for this. I know that acidity and astringency play a part. This is one of the reasons I am so happy to have been chosen as a L'Ecole Ambassador. The Zoom sessions are very informative and interesting.
I started making dinner, while continuing to sip. I was making Spaghetti al Limone and was a little concerned about this pairing. I added extra cream and cheese to the pasta knowing that the extra fattiness would play well with the crisp, vibrant wine.