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The Frugal Wine Gal: Spindrift Cellars Pinot Blanc

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I cannot get over this nice weather we have been having! I’ve been sipping on all sorts of white wines, but this past week I picked myself up a bottle I just had to share. The 2013 Pinot Blanc made by Spindrift Cellars. I’m going to honest, I had heard of Spindrift Cellars before but hadn’t actually had the chance to try it for myself. When you walk blind into a bottle, you truly never know what you are going to get. This time I had a good surprise though. I loved this wine from the first sip!

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Spindrift Cellars is an urban winery in Philomath, which is located just west of Corvallis on the way to Newport. I have passed through the area many times but haven’t made the time to stop there. I know now that I’ll have to make a trip as soon as possible! Spindrift Cellars was started by Matthew and Tabitha Compton all the way back in 2003 (the first year they had a vintage). They even use sustainable practices in their wines, from vine to bottle. I personally love supporting a winery that does everything it can to alleviate its carbon footprint! They also have many wines in our frugal price point. Just a couple of examples are the 2013 Chardonnay, that sources grapes from OSU’s vineyard “Woodward Hall” ($20) and the 2013 White Cuvee ($13). The Cuvee is a blend of Müller-Thurgau and Pinot Gris, made into a rosé that just looks gorgeous.

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Beautiful Pinot Blanc Grapes

Pinot Blanc is a grape that grows very well here. This is no surprise considering Pinot Blanc is a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape! The coolness of the Willamette Valley creates a complex, and delicious Pinot blanc. Many wineries produce this varietal but it isn’t quite as common as say, Pinot Gris. Generally, Pinot blanc has flavors of apples, citrus, and floral notes. Spindrift Cellars 2013 was very consistent with that. On the nose I smelled lemon peel, and knew that this wine was crisp with a nice acidity. This is the type of wine I want to enjoy on the back porch with the sun in my eyes. On the first sip flavors of apricot and crunchy green apples hit my palette. I let it sit for a few minutes though, and it really warmed up. Notes of honey were left on my tongue.

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In The Glass

I almost always drink my wines solo, but this wine was dying to paired with something spicy. It paired excellently with my slow cooked Kahlua pork (topped with Siracha of course!) and steamed rice. The best part about this wine was the price. I picked it up at my local Bi-mart while shopping for gardening supplies for $18! Although, the next day trip I have may have to be one to Newport just so I can stop by this urban winery. Cheers to a delicious, and great deal!

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