When I was doing a little legwork in advance of the event about some of the wineries we may meet with, I’d noticed a review by Stephen Tanzer on Vinous about this Viognier/Roussanne blend by Gard Vintners which he called, “Washington’s best white wine bargain.”
Lo and behold, when we arrived in lovely little Walla Walla, which wine tasting room should I literally happen upon just two blocks from the hotel? Gard’s, of course (there are literally dozens of wine tasting rooms in this town all within walking distance of each other).
On the nose, this is a lovely, fresh wine with lots of white flowers, citrus zest, and stone fruit. It’s dry but the fruit gives the impression of sweetness with good body. Lemon balm, apricot and peach show through with more blossom on the palate for this WSET Very Good white blend.
Gard’s got a winner here – it goes with everything, it’s delicious, and it’s affordable. Rarely do these virtues come together in one bottle. Visit one of their three tasting rooms (in Walla Walla where these pictures were taken, Ellensburg or Woodinville), and enjoy!