I find that owner/winemaker Terry Brandborg achieves the most interesting texture in his sparkling wines. In all his bottles of bubbles, both méthode champenoise and pét-nats, an abundant creamy, almost foamy/frothy texture always seems to be present. I find it so appealing with each bottle of sparkling Brandborg wine I pop open!
Since the Brandborgs have an affinity for orcas, they chose to name this wine “whale song.” In fact, their love of these oceanic giants runs quite deep– Orca is their corporate business name too. Serendipity also intervened when they discovered that, in Latin, the word orca means shaped like a barrel or cask!
Grilled lemons // red apples // lemongrass // toasted marshmallows // Meyer lemons
Quince // fresh croissants filled with lemon curd // tart // foamy texture // red apple skins // lemon zest // vigorous bubbles // lemon bars // bright acidity // long finish
Food pairing suggestions:
Linguine with mussels and fresh herbs // fried chicken // cheese board with kale pesto crostini // Brandborg also suggests pairing with oysters and sushi
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 firstname.lastname@example.org & be sure to visit her online portfolio at www.michelefrancisco.com.