Sunday, February 28, 2016
ISHI PISHI WINE
…while up in Redwood country…
About 35 years ago when I left Chico to pursue my career in education elsewhere, my dad began writing a (really bad, sorry Dad) novel centered on a character not unlike his younger son. The boy had left town to become a sheriff’s deputy in a far-flung northern California county. At one point, the boy-deputy was investigating some crime or other occurring at a place called Ishi Pishi Falls, a name I was sure Dad had concocted on his own.
The other day, at a grocery store in Garberville, California, a bottle of red boasted fruit from a ranch of exactly that name. How could Dad’s younger son resist?
Tasting Note: Briceland Vineyards sourced fruit for this substantial Bordeaux Blend from a dry farmed hillside above the hamlet of Orleans off CA 96 along the Klamath River – a locale which could legitimately claim to be in a “far flung northern California county.” We enjoyed this wine with some rustic French bread and a selection of Humboldt County cheeses, but we believe it will pair nicely with grilled lamb, roast duck or a hearty winter's stew. Better find a second bottle…
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