Wine is often thought of as something to be tasted with your senses. Your eyes, nose, and mouth can all sense how delicious (or not) the wine is. Right?! But how many of you have been transported by your brain to a place, seen a color, or heard a song? I tend to see wine as my way to escape the whine in my house. It’s cheaper than a vacation and a whole lot more practical when you are trying to get through your 3rd year of college, while parenting 2 young children. As the empty bottle knows, sometimes I need a little help just to stay sane.
Now I’ll be honest, the whole color thing has never actually happened, but it could. Right now I’m attempting to find a color to paint the main hallway in my house. My house is full of neutral colors; tan, beige, chocolate brown, sage green. I want a pop of color, I want to be that eclectic person with the cool house. Also at the moment, I’m starting an internship and need a topic to write a blog (this blog) about wine. Voila! Topic idea! Can wine (not whine) help me with my color dilemma? Let’s try picking a color through a flight at the nearest winery!
Since drinking wine alone isn’t my thing, I decided to pick up my retired mother on the way up. As we headed up to Sarver Winery I explained my thoughts and was gifted with a confused look and the typical motherly, “Ok Dear, Whatever you think”. Gee thanks, mom. At this point I wasn’t feeling too confident, but I was going to do it and see where it takes me.
(Note: Sarver is our go-to winery for two reasons, the close proximity to our houses and their amazing barrel-aged Pinot Gris)
This was our tasting list and the colors I “saw” when I tasted each one:
Gewurztraminer: Pastel (no singular color came to mind). It was very light and subdued, but fruity and delicious.
Estate Stainless-Steel Aged Pinot Gris: Sunset Orangy-yellow. This was bright and summery, and made me think of a beautiful tropical sunset.
Estate Pinot Noir Rose: Deep tropical-ocean blue. This still carried the bright and fruity note, but it had more depth than the previous two.
This was the spot in the tasting where my mom’s confusion changed and she finally understood what I was doing. “Hallelujah, we have lift-off!”
Estate Pinot Noir: Rust. (Note: The reds were much tougher to pin colors to) This one had the depth and spice, but it also had some mellow, brighter notes to it as well.
Estate Pinot Noir Select: Chocolate Brown. Deeper & a bit more complex than the previous Pinot, but still carried the mellow notes.
Sarver Cuvee: Deep Pumpkin Orange. I really thought this would’ve been red but it just didn’t quite reach the true deep, dark red that would truly translate to the color red. It was nice.
Estate Barrel-Aged Pinot Gris: Lime Green. (I don’t think it was just coincidence that my favorite wine made me think of my favorite color). This wine is bright, fruity and amazing. This is the epitome (in my world) of a clean summer (or always) wine.
The take-away from this little experiment: I’m capable of blogging. My mother needs a few moments to understand where my creativity is headed. Barrel-aged Pinot Gris, is still one of my favorites. AND… I’m not eclectic and cool. I’m classic and traditional. I’m neutral, like Switzerland. I think I’ll get my pop of color with throw pillows instead (but maybe in ALL the colors hidden in Sarver’s wines).