Applegate Valley, Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon
It’s quite unusual to find Verdejo, a medium-weight, mineral-driven white wine, outside the Rueda region of Spain. There it is the area’s most widely planted grape and where Red Lily owners fell in love with it. Eventually, they realized Verdejo could thrive in Oregon’s Applegate Valley and decided to plant some. I, for one, am happy they made the choice to grow it!
Bouquet and Palate:
Tart, crisp and fruity, the Stargazer Lily Verdejo has notes of pineapples, ripe apricots, white peaches, and tropical starfruit. The lemon curd-like mouthfeel is enveloping and the acidity adds a pleasant zing to the chorus of flavors on my mouth. Hints of salinity lend even more nuance to the wine, ending in a long, spicy white ginger and zippy lemon zest finish.
Food pairing suggestions:
This Verdejo was a perfect pairing with our burritos and tacos! I’m sure it would be excellent with anything from fish tacos to pan-seared scallops with corn and chiles to chicken satay.
Michele Francisco, a founder and regular contributor to Winerabble, a blog primarily about Pacific Northwest wines, is living the dream in Portland, Oregon. Her passion leads some to believe she's got wine running through her veins. Contact Michele at email@example.com & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.