Hey, Cortney Lease, What Should I Drink Tonight?
By Rachel Breiwick
A crisp, balanced, and highly drinkable wine from the Columbia Gorge.
Cortney Lease, the company wine director for Wild Ginger and Triple Door, is in charge of the aging and proper climate for over 30,000 bottles from all over the world—but today she sought to recommending a glass perfectly suited for these last few balmy August days. She’s a Court of Masters advanced-level sommelier, with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry.
As the summer is winding down, a great transitional wine between the pounding heat of August and creeping chill of September is a glass of a unique varietal in Washington, a Grüner Veltliner. This year, my favorite is a W.T. Vintners 2012 Grüner Veltliner, hailing from the Underwood Mountain Vineyard in the Columbia Gorge—where it’s ideal for white wine production. The long growing season has hot days and cool nights, which is tempered by the nearby Columbia River and the altitude of the Cascades. This Grüner Veltliner has a perfect balance of crisp, refreshing green fruit and citrus, and notable white pepper—a hallmark for this varietal, and an uplifting acidity with natural density. W.T. Vintners makes it easy to order that second glass.