Though Semillon was traditionally grown in the Bordeaux regions of France, one of the best new world growing regions is Washington State. Semillon is one of the most commonly planted grapes in Washington, a fact often offered up as proof of Washington’s “Bordeauxesque” characteristics. Young Semillons are loved for their freshness and vibrancy, and the Reininger 2010 Semillon won’t disappoint on either account.
Chuck Reininger describes the Semillon as “a crisp, focused wine displaying lemon grass, honeydew melon, saffron and a hint of grass, which seems to define classic Washington Semillon. This is 100% Birch Creek Vineyard Semillon that was fermented to complete dryness in stainless steel to respect the acid and food worthiness proffered by a cool 2010 vintage.”
This fantastic Semillion would be perfect with oysters and shellfish such as clams, mussels or scallops, accompanied by grilled asparagus. Or spice things up and pair the Semillon with fusion-style foods utilizing soy and cilantro. Be on the lookout for an upcoming recipe that highlights the incredible flavors of this wine.