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.
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