Well, we couldn’t come up with a home to host our July offline so how about we just throw something together at a restaurant? Sounds like a great idea to me! Here’s what I’d like to shoot for:
- Date: Thursday, July 14th, Time TBD, approx. 6:30PM-7PM start time
- Venue: Probably Caravelle in Richardson subject to final confirmation with the restaurant.
- Wine Theme: The Serfdom of Whites – Less than Noble Varietals
There has been much debate over the years as to what truly constitutes a “noble” white varietal but there are at least three undisputed noble whites: Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Chardonnay. So this month we will explore all of the other white varietals that are not so noble. In the past many of these other whites have been used as blending agents with the occasional single varietal bottling but over the years it seems than many wine makers have stepped up to the plate with single varietal bottlings and improving quality therein. So take your pick of a cornucopia of whites and let’s explore these other varietals! The only two ground rules are not to bring one of the three nobles listed above and the varietal you do choose must contain a minimum of 51% of non noble varietals (i.e. an Australian 50% Chardonnay, 50% Semillon blend doesn’t cut it). Looking for some suggestions? How about: Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris, Pinot Blanc. Viognier, Semillon, Muscadet, Chenin Blanc, Gruner Veltliner, French Columbard, Tokay, Muller Thurgau, Niagra, Sylvaner, Schreube, Marsanne, Rousanne and on and on and on!
So, who’s in?