I feel my boots
trying to leave the ground,
I feel my heart
pumping hard. I want
to think again of dangerous and noble things.
I want to be light and frolicsome.
I want to be improbable beautiful and afraid of nothing,
as though I had wings.
From the poem “Starlings in Winter” by Mary Oliver
“One red, one white” is our take on what we’re drinking lately, inspired by and paired with some of our favorite poems (see our Instagram feed @ediblesf for more on this theme).
We’re mostly enjoying food-friendly wines, those bottles that clock in at 13 percent or lower ABV (alcohol by volume) because they don’t leave your palate dulled by heavy tannins and they’re sometimes a bit racy with a good amount of acid. In other words, wines that are light and frolicsome!
2017 Raft Wines Syrah, Weed Farms | Dry Creek Valley
This Syrah vineyard at Weed Farms shares the land with Grape Creek, a tributary of Dry Creek, which feeds into the Russian River. In recent years, endangered coho salmon have been spotted in Grape Creek, using it as safe passage for spawning. Needless to say, the vineyards are never sprayed with pesticides or herbicides.
Winemaker Jennifer Reichardt’s tasting notes: This Syrah is equal parts floral, herbal and spice, with notes of violet, thyme and black pepper immediately present on the nose. It is followed by a beautiful rich black currant note. On the palate, there is great structure with a stronger tannin than in the previous vintage. It has a beautiful blackberry note, as if they were pureed and served with pot de crème. raftwines.com
2017 Sauvage Chenin Blanc, Vista Verde Vineyards
We got on the Chenin Blanc bandwagon when Tegan Passalacqua introduced a whole slew of releases on his Sandlands label six or seven years ago. Up to that point, Chenin Blanc was mostly known as a jug wine, aka California Chablis. Jump to the 2017 vintage and there’s a bevy of winemakers that have released refreshingly crisp and complex Chenins that are worthy of your attention. One of our faves is the Methode Sauvage Vista Verde Vineyard Chenin Blanc. It’s stunningly golden-hued with a slippery-smooth honeysuckle profile that drops off into a limoncello-like finish that lingers deliciously long on the palate. methodesauvage.com