Fall harvest is not only one of the most (pick one:
exciting, busy, stressful, hectic) times of the year for winemakers and
vineyard managers, but it is also one of the most important. The best wines are made in the vineyard and
the decision of when to pick the grapes determines so much about the wine that
will be made.
This year, I was really fortunate to attend the Washington
Wine Commissions “Road Trip,”
which takes a select group of wine professionals to many of the iconic
vineyards and wineries here in Washington.
I got to witness harvest and the decisions leading up to it
first-hand. At JM Cellars I worked the sorting table, at Hightower we picked Cabernet
Sauvignon and tested the grapes for sugar content and acidity levels (and hung
out with Kelly and Tim!),
and at Woodward Canyon we walked
through the geology that
helps shape their world class wines (there was a lot more with stops at Dubrul Vineyard, Revelry, Hedges among others, but there
is only so much room here!).
We believe that Washington is one of the world’s great wine growing regions, and that belief is reflected in our wine list. We are recognized throughout the state and throughout the country as the most comprehensive assemblage of Washington wine anywhere in the world.
This time of year I find myself drinking fuller bodied wines
to help cope with the chilly weather, wines like the beautiful Syrah put out by
Amavi or the spectacular
Chester Kidder, a Cabernet Sauvignon based blend from Longshadows Winery. Both of these wines go so well with one of
our big, juicy Porterhouse steaks that it makes me believe there is a greater
plan in the universe…
With Thanksgiving coming up, don’t forget some of the
lighter style wines as well. Pinot Noir
and Gamay Noir both go incredibly well with turkey (which some of us might be
eating in November?). On our wine list,
the Grochau Cellars Gamay is simply
stunning. Powerful, but light on its
feet, this wine is fantastic with poultry or pork. While not the typical pairing, it’s also
excellent with oysters on the half shell. Cristom Mt Jefferson Cuvee
is my go to Pinot Noir, both at home and here in the restaurant. It is delicious and extremely complementary
to all sorts of food.
I hope you all enjoy this time of year as much as I do, and I look forward to seeing you here at Metropolitan Grill!