This past weekend, I caught the traveling bug and decided to head up north to do some wine tasting. I have quite a few places I like to stop, but I always make a point to taste at Remy Wines. This is a small production winery that specializes in italian varietals. Yes, you heard it right. Remy Drabkin, the winemaker, has a passion for italian grapes in the heart of McMinnville. She of course sources her grapes from warmer regions, but there is something about the wines she makes. There is a sense of warmth and love with each sip.
Remy makes many different varietals (mostly reds) but they sell out so fast that sometimes it is hard to get them in time! This particular occasion there were a couple that really jumped out at me. Remy has a second label that is meant to be an “every day” type of label, known as Three Wives. This second label has some incredible options at very nice prices. As a person who drinks a lot of wines in and around the $20 range, I can say that Three Wives is one of my favorite labels. I started by sipping on her “Remy’s Red” many years ago, and have tried almost every release since!
There is only one white that is currently available at Remy, the Fischerman’s Pinot Gris. It was incredible and it is sold at only $17 a bottle. Flavors of honey crisp apples and hints of lemon peel popped. It had incredibly smooth balance though, with just the right amount of acidity. There was even a hint of oak contact that created almost a buttery mouth feel. This wine is an example of Oregon Pinot Gris at it’s finest.
I’ve always been a fan of Remy’s red blends. The Remallaia is a blend that was recently released and is made of 50% Sangiovese and 50% Cabernet Sauvignon. This wine was so delicious! It was medium bodied with flavors of ripe blackberries and vanilla. On the end I was left with hints of smoke and cracked pepper. The whole taste from beginning to end had a nice toast to it. In traditional old world style, this wine had a good amount of oak contact. This method of winemaking creates smooth tannins, and complex flavors throughout. For an aspiring winemaker, this wine was an inspiration!
There are so many tasting rooms in McMinnville that it can be overwhelming. The Remy Wines tasting room is more than worth the visit. The ambiance is beautiful and wines are delicious – what more do you need? They are open every Thursday to Sunday from 12 to 6ish. Cheers!