The Daily Drink: Belle Pente's "Belle Oiseau" Edelzwicker

Today's must-try libation from our booze columnist Zach Geballe.

One of the most exciting aspects of the Pacific Northwest wine scene is the spirit of adventure and experimentation. Last week I tried a Washington Chenin Blanc, so this week it seems fitting that I took a look at an Oregon winery’s take on another classic French white wine: Edelzwicker. Classically, Edelzwicker is a blend of two or more of the noble Alsatian white grapes (Riesling, Pinot Gris, Muscat, and Gewurztraminer). “Belle Oiseau,” initially made exclusively for top Portland restaurants Le Pigeon and Little Bird, is a blend of Riesling, Muscat, and Riesling, and was a delicious start to a rather epic meal. Floral and aromatic with just the slightest hint of residual sugar, it showed elegant fruit with a stark minerality and nice acidity. It stood up against a really rich (and amazingly tasty) dish of bone marrow, calamari, and hot peppers. Here’s to more Northwest reinterpretations of classic European wines!

Zach Geballe does a lot of drinking. When he’s not working at The Dahlia Lounge or for his business Vine Trainings, he’s studying for the Court of Master Sommeliers Exam. His weekly column here at Seattle Weekly, The Bar Code, endeavors to inspire, educate and sometimes poke fun at all things beer, wine and spirits related.

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