Bottle Review: Sokol Blosser Evolution, Lucky Edition (the perfect wine for Counting Crows at Ravinia)

What attracts me to this bottle is always its hip label. Evolution pops out at you on the shelf. And I’m pretty sure that why I first bought an Evolution six year ago. I remember liking this easy-to-drink white wine–and thinking it was a good deal. So, when I found myself bottle-less at Ravinia a few weeks go, I immediately chose it again at the market there.

Last night, I opened yet another bottle of Evolution, a nine-varietal (yes, 9!) blend from Sokol Blosser Winery in Dundee, OR. Here’s what’s in it: Pinot Gris, Muller-Thurgau, White Riesling, Semillon, Muscat Canelli, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Blanc, Chardonnay, and Sylvaner. That’s a lot of grapes!

Evolution doesn’t evolve in your mouth like a complex red does; it stays constant, but what’s there is pretty damn good–tropical fruit, a hint of sweetness (totally makes sense now), and a crispness that leave me wanting more. I paired this with sushi last night with some friends at one of our favorite BYOB places, Tanoshii in Andersonville. I needed that sweet to offset some of the spice.

Evolution ($15 through the winery, sample) is an easy bottle to find in Chicago. I’ve seen it at Jewel; Binny’s carries it for $13; and–as I mentioned before–if you need another bottle at Ravinia, you can purchase it there for the standard mark-up of $38. Trust me: you just might need it, especially if you’re heading there Saturday to watch the Counting Crows, as I am.

I think Evolution would pair perfectly with “Anna Begins.” Let’s just hope they play it. Picnic wine, people. Picnic wine.

She Sipped

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  • i too will be at the counting crows concert - i will look for a woman enjoying her wine and presume it is you - and will certainly pick up this bottle if we run dry!

  • In reply to themaestro:

    Thanks for your continued readership! It should be a good show!

  • In reply to themaestro:

    Found this at Costco for under $10.
    Going to try it out tonight.

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