Welcome to 2chefs1home’s Winesday Premier. This post was intended to start off as a “Cheers to the New Year” on Wednesday January 1st but as any good wino would, we drank a bit too much bubbly to ring in the New Year and didn’t have the ability to look at a computer screen without the room spinning. So without further ado we bring to you our newest column, the Winesday Weekly Review that will feature wine favorites, wine accesories, wine enthusiasts and guest reviews.
To kickoff Winesday Jacob and I (Kate) went to Bin 36, a highly acclaimed Chicago Tavern, Market, Wine Bar, and Cellar. We were pleased to see nearly 50 wines available by the glass as well as a variety of 12 wine flights. As the night was young we sidestepped the “by the glass” menu heading straight for flights and came to the accord of the California Dreamin’ whites.
From Left to Right
2011, Bin 36, Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma California, Sauvignon Blanc ***4th favorite***
- Bin 36 description: Loaded with high-pitched lively fresh grapefruit, limezest, grannysmith apples, lemon grass and vivd minerals.
- Jacob’s Review: The unbalanced taste of lemon grass is overpowering and pungent.
- Kate’s Review: Bright astringency of distinct citrus with a thin mouthfeel and a lightly sweet nose; would be refreshing with grilled chicken on a hot day.
2012, Tarrica Wine Cellars, Paso RoblesCalifornia, Pinot Gris ***3rd favorite***
- Bin 36 Description: A delightful wine with aromatic, crisp green melon and kiwi, and vivid minerality on the finsh.
- Jacob’s Review: Young, a typical crispy California Gris.
- Kate’s Review: Smooth sweetness of ripe fruit and honey with low acidity and a sweet nose similar to a Gewurztraminer only thinner. Enjoyable after dinner for a dryer than the muscat grape yet still sweet.
2011, Graziano, Mondocino County California, Chenin Blanc ***2nd favorite***
- Bin 36 Description: Very pretty Chenin Blanc. Hints of green apple and lemon zest.
- Jacob’s Review: A soft and sweet white.
- Kate’s Review: Delicate with ambrosial bite that comes off nearly bubbly with the crisp nose of green apple. Could be mistaken for the progeny of a Viognier and Reisling blend. This would make a marvelous sparkeling wine.
2010, Bin 36, Monterey County California, Chardonnay ***2chefs1home favorite***
- Bin 36 Description: This is a grown up, elegant Chardonnay. Wet rocks, a hint of smoke and lots of lemon curd. Adding a hint of Green Apple takes this gem to a whole other level.
- Jacob’s Review: Buttery smooth with a fruity finish.
- Kate’s Review: Full rich flavor, mild lactic acids through hints of pear. This is a new addition to our cellar for a lighter side of Chardonnay.