2009 Shindig White
Retail price ~ $15
Shindig White is a co-production project with Andrew Stover, a sommelier in Washington D.C. who started Vino50, a portfolio of hand-crafted wines from the 50 states of the U.S. We’ve been working with Andrew since 2008, and he approached us to make the white wine for his new Shindig label, a trio of white, rose, and red wines from three different wineries in three regions of the country.
Shindig White is made from 80% Vidal Blanc, a French-American hybrid that is bred from Trebbiano, and 20% Riesling. Like Riesling, Vidal has a high acidity level and tropical notes, so the resulting wine here is reminiscent of a very crisp Sauvignon Blanc, or of Gruner Veltliner. There are flavors of citrus, green apple, pineapple, a little slate and ginger, and pretty botanical notes. Shindig is thirst-quenchingly perfect for scallops, sushi, and salads.
Shindig was made in a beautifully simple manner – as such should be for a great anytime tasty wine. All grapes were sourced from two vineyards in the Finger Lakes. Everything was fermented in stainless steel tanks at cold temperatures; the Vidal was fermented to dryness, and the Riesling stopped early to keep a bit of residual sugar for balance. The lots were then simply blended, and rested before bottling – voilà! Vegan. (353 cases made)
Learn more about the Vino50 project: http://vino50.com