“The Daily Drink” brings you a must-try libation from our booze columnist Zach Geballe.
Getting something to drink after spending all afternoon at a massive wine event like Taste Washington is tricky. Having just tried dozens upon dozens of wines, it’s not as if I’m really in the mood for more wine. Hard alcohol seems like a bad idea, and I wasn’t in a beer mood. Whenever I’m stuck like that, I tend to turn to vermouths and other aromatized wines: wines that have been infused with herbs and slightly fortified. The slight sweetness is pleasing, the herbaceousness is refreshing, and they’re not super high alcohol so I rarely regret it. One of my favorites is the Petal and Thorn from Imbue down in Portland: delicate chamomile and orange aromas meld with pine and cinnamon notes on the palate. I got mine on the rocks with just a slight splash of tonic water to brighten it and water it down slightly. One glass got me back up to speed and ready to face the rest of my night, and what more could you ask from a vermouth? (I bought my bottle at Wine World, but you can find it at most specialty wine shops and a few liquor stores in Seattle.)
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.