When entertaining friends who don’t spend an inordinate amount of their time thinking, drinking and writing about wine, I’m sometimes peppered with questions: How did you get into writing about wine? What do you look for in a wine? What makes one wine better than the other?
So last night, rather than talk all evening, I opened two wines as examples: The Drouhin-Vaudon Chablis 2014 from Joseph Drouhin, and the Roserock Pinot Noir 2014 Eola-Amity Hills from Drouhin Oregon. Same family, different terroirs, two delicious wines.
The Chablis was pure chardonnay — not in the sense of being unblended, but in that it tasted of fruit and little else. It wasn’t puffed up with oak. It didn’t need to be. The wine was full-bodied without being heavy, and it seemed to channel the chalky soils of Chablis. It was an excellent partner for dinner (grilled chicken, sage sausage, spicy jicama salad).
The pinot noir was quintessential Willamette Valley: smoky dark fruit flavors and a pitch-perfect balance. It was a beautiful wine to savor on the patio on an unusually cool August evening.
When I mentioned that Oregon pinot noir is my go-to wine whenever I feel sad or melancholy, I ignited another line of questions — from my wife. But that’s another story.