Seattle Wine Blog

This blog is dedicated to commentary on all aspects of wine, especially short entries to help you find the best wines without the usual hype and spin. These are my frank, independent opinions, usually based on tasting wine at a public event, off the shelf or at the winery. "All creative acts must arise out of a specific soil and flicker with a spirit of place" -D.H. Lawrence

Monday, January 22, 2007

Quiz - Why Did The Rabbit Buy Yellowtail?

Why did the rabbit buy Yellowtail Chardonnay instead of Columbia Crest Two Vines Chardonnay? Because of the sell dates! With white wine, especially inexpensive white wine found in supermarkets, think of the vintage date as a "sell by" date. Generally speaking, the younger the better, contrary to what you might think. Try not to buy any whites that are more than two years old. The 2005 Yellowtail was clean and fresh with a hint of minerality, just as I was hoping. I was afraid the 2003 Columbia Crest would be too old, even though Columbia Crest Two Vines is an excellent wine when it is less than two years old. What's the rabbit got to do with it? Not much, but then the critter on the Yellowtail label has nothing to do with wine either, but it sells wine. How about White Rabbit? Dutch White Rabbit? Jack Rabbit?

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