The Wine Rangers headed out to another nearby watering hole to sample some vino. I was the first to arrive at this very popular spot on a Thursday evening. Not wanting to waste the time, I succumbed to the friendly staff’s offer to serve me a little something while I hovered – with quite a few other folks – waiting for a spot.
One thing I really like about this establishment is that their menu offers wines by the bottle, glass, and sip (half glass). That provides almost an incentive (not that I need one – lol) to experiment.
After perusing the list, I ordered a half glass of the Early Mountain Viognier 2011 from Charlottesville, VA. This Viognier was pale straw color. On the nose I found spiced apple cider. It was light-bodied with the characteristic touch of viscosity, and acidity was bright. Flavors were a solid core of apple (no pun intended) with hints of spice and a touch of fig. It was a pleasant sipper, and disappeared all too quickly.
As my fellow Wine Ranger, Heather, was running late, I had another look at the wine list. Unable to resist the temptation, I ordered a half glass (aka sip) of the Villa Wolf Rosé 2012 from Pfalz, Germany. The Villa Wolf was a pretty salmon color with a floral bouquet. Although a light-bodied wine, it had good acidity and a fun, almost flirty flavor profile of bing cherry and lemon/lime. Flavors weren’t heavy but light and lively.
Eventually, the Wine Rangers were reunited, and the evening began in earnest. But a report on that adventure will have to wait for another post. In the meantime, I wish you worthwhile waiting, too.