Our little tasting glasses!
We recently decided to head down to Tacoma for a little wine and beer tasting with friends at the Taste of Tacoma. We had a good time there but were mildly disappointed in the wine offerings on the whole. Here is a quick breakdown of everything we had!
Wingman Brewers Coconut Porter
Like a Mounds bar without sugar. Not bad but it’s a sipper and better for cooler weather.
A hefeweizen with hops added at the last stage of fermentation. Nice alternative; floral and hoppy without the bitter of an IPA.
IRA aka Red Pale Ale
This was just ok, we thought it was a little too pale and not enough red 🙂
Bad Panda Ginger IPA
This was amazing. I absolutely loved it and I’m not an IPA fan. Seek this one out!
Ottermelon is a hefeweizen but a very light one with a kiss of watermelon flavor. It’s very light and refreshing. It’s not strong enough in flavor to stand up to food but is a good sipper for when the temp is over 100 and you want to cool off with beer.
Watermelon, lemon and mineral notes. A simple sipper alone, 84 points.
Honey, orange blossom, white florals, and minerals with hints of lemon, 85 points.
Way too sweet. Sweet vanilla and oak, with minerals. Unbalanced. 80 points.
Radius Red Blend
This was typical Merlot flavors but sweet. Would make a decent choice for dessert, 82 points.
Canoe Ridge Pinot Gris
Lemon, minerals, wildflowers, honeycomb. Soft with low acid and a short finish but has complexity. 85 points and this is a drink without food wine due to the low acid which is odd for a Pinot Gris.
Canoe Ridge Red Blend
Typical Merlot and Syrah flavors, slightly sweet but decent acid and finish. 85 points and can go with food or alone.
House Wine Sauvignon Blanc
Crisp with passionfruit, apple, lime, and minerals. A nice medium all-rounder Sauv Blanc that isn’t skunky or overly acidic. Perfect starter SB and 86 points. Would purchase again.
Orange blossom and Meyer lemon flavors. Soft and sweet but needed more acid to be successful, 82 points.
This was the highlight of the tasting for me. This Chard has apple, pear, stone fruits, and subdued tropical fruits with hints of lemon, minerals, and butterscotch. Nice acid, nice finish with a medium length. Well balanced and fine with food or without. Seek this one out, 87 points and I will buy this one again!
So there you have it! The highlights were certainly the Sagelands table and the House table for wine. Both wines are available widely and come in around $10. The best beers were the Bad Panda and Ottermelon!
If you have had any of these wines or went to the Taste of Tacoma and would like to chime in on the discussion, please comment!