To my knight in shining armor!
By Jan Walsh
Photography by Beau Gustafson
Leave it to The Other Guys, who make wines of character, to create The White Knight. I immediately related to the name, as I often refer to my husband as “my knight in shining armor.” Thus the first taste of The White Knight 2008 ($12) had a lot to live up to.
Standing up to the challenge and defending its lofty name, the Viognier has a classic, old world, Condrieu style integrated with a fun personality. It is authentic—100 percent Viognier—and was crafted of grapes grown by The Wilson Family of Clarksburg. And there is no playing hard to get either. The wine has no cork. Instead its screw cap opens easily, as aromas of juicy nectarine and lime leap from the bottle. Grounded in earthy qualities with the right hint of spice and minerality and a hint of honey. The Viognier is golden in color, with refined notes of lemon, honeycomb, and white pepper leading to a rich and juicy finish.
Pair the wine with your Valentine—and a dinner of Asian or Indian fare, roasted chicken with cream sauce, scallops, or a hearty winter cassoulet. And enjoy a romantic evening with your knight in shining armor.
Published, B-Metro magazine, February 2011