Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Tulpen Cellars Grenache...Keep it Simple

So, unless you have been living under a rock for the past couple weeks, I’m sure you have heard about the Skagit River Bridge Collapse that happened on 5/23.  This is right smack in the middle of my neck of the woods.  Due to the increased traffic on all the side roads to get around this detour, my major grocery shopping has been (voluntarily) limited.  The headache and road rage just isn’t worth it.  I mean, I live in rural Skagit County for a reason.
For this reason my meal options have been limited. However, I did manage to come up with a pretty tasty dinner. I threw some organic, grass fed hamburger patties on the grill, melted some Beecher’s white cheddar on top; a little ketchup, mustard, dill slices, tomato and fresh arugula from the garden and voila! No buns in the house, so it was unintentionally low carb.  It was pretty darn tasty if I do say so myself.

One thing I do not have a shortage of is wine.  This particular evening I chose a Tulpen 2010 Grenache. This lovely wine comes from Yellow Bird Vineyard, located up Millcreek Rd next to Walla Walla Vintners.  This is winemaker, Ken Hart's, completely dry farmed vineyard. I had the pleasure of meeting Kenny on my bus tour at the 2010 Wine Blogger's Conference. He is a very well respected grower and vigneron in the valley.  This wine is a lesson in blessed simplicity-cherry cola with pepper, rounded out with a nice acidity. This paired really well with my burger, the acidity cut through the fat and that lovely Grenache pepper played off the arugula so well.

This wine is worth seeking out, as well as any in the Tulpen line up.  I found mine at Compass Wines in Anacortes.

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