Self-taught, with general guidance provided.
California and Oregon wines.
Kenneth Volk - Malvasia Bianca 2012
Grape: Malvasia Bianca is one of the oldest cultivated wine grapes with over forty different grape varieties. The grape is thought to come from a Venetian territory in ancient Greece, hence the Italianate name. It was grown in ancient times throughout the southern mediterranean. Highly floral, the Bianca is from the Muscat family.
Bottle: Kenneth Volk bottles this as a dry aromatic varietal table wine. Regularly voted a top wine of its region, note in particular the 2011 bottle. Volk is located in the southern part of the Salinas Valley in Monterey, California, one of the largest AVAs.
Glass: Floral and tropical fruit aromas. Some pear nectar and citrus fruits. Compared to Rieslings, Gewürtztraminner and moscato.
Patricia Green - Pinot Noir Reserve 2013
Grape: A classic French grape, known to grow well in colder climates. Classically associated with Burgundy, the Oregon Willamette Valley has gained a high reputation for Pinot Noir varietals. This part of Oregon has a high rainfall but is mainly dry and sunny during the growing season, with ocean winds.
Bottle: A classic Oregon Pinot. Patricia Green is a small but classic producer, and their 2013 reserve is sold as a great representative of their wine production, expected to age well but full bodied enough to be drunk even now.
Glass: Note ripe berry fruits and light spice. Good acidity and low tannins.