It is time to drink like a SCYTHIAN! This is my first vintage of our newest Glug Glug wine - Scythians, a dry white wine made from the Palomino grape. With the help of dear friends Christina Rasmussen and Abe Schoener, I sourced Palomino grapes from a Demeter certified, biodynamic farm near Fresno, CA.
Palomino is a non-aromatic white grape variety that is indigenous to Spain. If you've had dry Sherry (not the sweet stuff), you've had the Palomino grape. The inspiration for this wine comes from Ramiro Ibañez. I was introduced to his wines through my friend, Jose Pastor, the wine importer. Though Ibañez lives and works in the Sherry triangle of Spain's southwestern Atlantic coast, he makes several unfortified, single-vineyard bottlings of Palomino. Ramiro's 'UBE Miraflores' inspired this wine, the 2019 Scythians Palomino. Both are dry table wines, made from Palomino, and crafted in such a way that they are intended to drink young.
For those of you who know me and know my penchant for high acid wines, Palomino is a famously low acid grape. This wine is all about texture and juiciness. The wine is salty and a bit unctuous with notes of almond skin and yellow apple. Scythians is the perfect accompaniment to almonds, olives, sardines, and all the other salty and briny things we munch on while waiting for Sashi to finish cooking dinner.
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