Week #4. Shooting for the Stars in Seattle: Aligoté Redeemed!


Shooting Star on Brooklyn’s copper bar

I had a great plan to gather juicy content for this blog: hit 3-4 wine bars in Seattle on a quest for a memorable wine experience and share the results with you. Alas, I was blindsided by the flu – woe to my taste buds and general interest in wine. You know I am sick when I am not interested in drinking wine!

On the mend, I saddled up to the bar at the Brooklyn in Downtown Seattle for the famed Happy Hour. I am an adventurous wine lover, as you may have noticed, and so when I saw an unusual grape on the menu, had to inquire, “Can I have a taste of the Shooting Star Aligoté? My kind server responded “of course.” One taste and I knew I had found what I wanted that night: mighty fruits of citrus tinged with apple in a crisp and clean package. The California winemaker Jed Steele does a fine job and it is a steal – retails for less than $15. If you see it, just get it. Trust me.

Now Aligoté is not a new grape for me. I have had it many times before as the base for my evening aperitif, a kir cocktail, when hanging at a café in Paris. Yes, Aligoté is a maligned grape, a hardy sort planted in Burgundy’s lesser soils but also cultivated in Eastern Europe. In Burgundy, it is the second most popular white grape variety with Chardonnay holding the first position. Being a hearty sort, Aligoté fares fine in Washington’s cold climate where Steele sources these grapes.

So if you are an adventurous sort, next time, try that grape that is obscure. Of course, if you are the adventurous type, I don’t have to tell you this.

And as always, tell me about your adventure – I love a good story, especially a story of redemption, and come to think of it, isn’t that the subject of most stories?

Between two evils, I always pick the one I never tried before” – Mae West


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