Nearly one year to the day when I first wrote about Bordelau Winery, it’s with great honor that I get to write about them again. And as an added bonus I helped volunteer to pour wine at their booth at the most recent Great Grapes Festival. This was a joy.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting Tom at various festivals, including this very one, a year ago. He’s always been so laid back and easy to dialogue with on all matters vino. Through mutual people and a little assertiveness, I got in touch with his wife Lisa, and after a few light-hearted e-mail (and other electronic means) exchanges I find myself on the other side of the tables on that Sunday.
It’s a different animal but one I’ve fully embraced. On many occasions I’ve been a patron and taken advantage of all the tastings and samples I could get my hands on. It’s a slippery slope. And after a while the appreciation of what I’m drinking goes out the window. All the crackers and water to cleanse your palate either fall by the wayside, or we forget to even partake in that necessary ritual. Both of these scenarios are not necessarily mutually exclusive.
What I failed to see is the supposedly not so glamorous side of these festivals. Nothing could be further from the truth.
This felt genuine, sincere, and I could be more myself. I like to talk to folks and see what makes them feel good. The wine is the catalyst but it also become the backdrop. While I got the occasional pretentious question, most folks just want to sample and have a pleasant conversation. Nearly 100% was the latter. That’s a good number.
Another full circle and serendipitous moment came to light. I wrote about their reds last year, and even made mentioned of how I never got around to the whites. So what table did I end up stationed at? Well I’ll be…
I’ll get the ones I didn’t love out of the way. The Sauvignon Blanc, 2013 Pinot Grigio, and the Wicomico Blush are still not my speed. They’re not as dry as I’d like. The latter is nowhere near on my radar of wines I’d prefer. I’ve included links to all three for your edification. Many of the attendees loves these three and that’s what makes these events great. If we liked all the same wines that would significantly take the fun out of this event.
The journey is about seeing what we like and appreciating how our palates evolve over time. I can see it first hand with me. And speaking of which…
I never loved Chardonnay but that’s the progression. The 4 Chardonnay Barrel Fermented was the winner for me. I may have shown just a little more enthusiasm while pouring this one versus the others. Yes the vanilla and apple on the back end is a bonus but that oak. Oh my goodness I could drink bottles of this. Well not while volunteering and obviously not too much or the savoring goes out the window. But I think you get the gist. At $15.00 this is a steal.
One thing I learned is that this Chardonnay is not meant to be too cold or it will lose the flavors and the nose that we deserve to observer. That’s an art I would like to perfect with time. So there were times I took this bottle off of the ice. Temperature is everything.
The rain came down and and we had to move things around rather swiftly, to protect everything from the storm. I noticed as we were packing this bottle was placed on ice for a while. And I just had to try it again. Something was lost. Maybe it was the elements of the outside world, maybe it was the colder than appropriate temperature, or maybe the universe threw everything off kilter. It could be everything or nothing. But yes, temperature is so key when it comes to wine.
Man this was fun. I will be doing this again.
More from Great Grapes very soon.