Question: What do these six wines have in common?
- Castoro 2017 Falanghina CCOF estate
ITALY: white grape; sample
- Kenneth Volk 2012 Verdelho
PORTUGAL: white grape; purchased
- Barton 2017 “HOLIDAY” Clairette Blanche
FRANCE: Rhone white grape; sample
- Epoch 2018
FRANCE: Rhone white grape blend: grenache blanc leads–
biodynamic; Sue purchased at winery
- Tablas Creek 2017
FRANCE: Rhone white grape blend; Rousanne leads; sample
- Eberle 2018 Muscat canelli
GREEK/ITALY: Greek white grape but most well known as Italian
Answer: These wines are all from Paso Robles CA and all might be considered wines made from “god-forsaken grapes” — grapes that are not common or unexpected in their home country AND not likely to be found outside their home country where they might not be all that appreciated either. And that’s the theme for this month’s Wine Pairing weekend prompt hosted by Culinary Cam– “godforsaken grapes” — a title that I hate that goes with a book I haven’t read but that I understand is quite entertaining and well written.
As people think first of red wines when think about wine from Central California’s Paso Robles if at all, we thought it would be fun to feature these uncommon and unexpected yet delightful white grapes from this less well known and under-appreciated region that is best known for its zinfandel, syrah, and cabernet blends — wines that are rich and red and often high in alcohol because so much of the AVA gets really hot in the summer.
Tablas Creek, Halter Ranch, Turley, and Justin are some of the better known labels with the first two of them focused on Rhone, Turley with zinfandel, and Justin with Cabernet and other Bordeaux red grapes.