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Buyer of: Washington State Wines

A native Southerner, John’s fascination with wines began in the mid-1990s when he was studying culinary arts. It was after a lucky-chance tasting of a Château Lafite Rothschild that he knew he was onto something incredible and had to know more. John’s experience in both the restaurant industry and wine sales (wholesale and retail), as well as his Dionysian passion for the juice itself, have helped him build a deep knowledge of wine and spirits and he continues to immerse himself in the subject. It is this passion and dedication that his customers know they can rely upon. He is honored to be a member of the very knowledgeable staff of wine advisors at 67 Wines.

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John's Wine Selection - Sawtooth Snake River Valley, Idaho Riesling 2012

Great Riesling from Idaho? You bet—and it’s the perfect accompaniment for summer barbecues.

The Story Why I Bought This Food Pairing

Idaho is known for spectacular mountains, rivers and lakes. However, many are unaware that this beautiful area is also a great wine-growing region. The unique combination of geography, climate and soils found in Idaho's vineyards can produce grapes with outstanding varietal character. High vineyard elevations, extra long hours of daylight during grape ripening, cool nights, volcanic ash soils, and un-grafted vines all contribute to producing grapes with concentrated flavors and naturally high acidity.

This wonderfully fragrant Riesling—actually a blend of 98 percent Riesling with 2 percent Muscat Blanc, just for fun—welcomes you with aromas of apricot, peach nectar and clover honey. A merriment of layered flavors, such as poached pears, citrus and peach, lead to a crisp long finish with a hint of minerality. Traces of clove and ginger add complexity.

As much as I love these delicate, sweetly balanced wines with spicy foods, I find that they pair wonderfully with savory, smoky dishes as well. Sawtooth goes great with tangy-sweet barbecue, smoked sausage, and roasted duck. Enjoy it as a fine accompaniment to your summer meal, or just as a lovely, delicious glass of American wine.

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Native Sun is an aromatically appealing wine with spice, dark fruit, bittersweet chocolate, and ... more
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