Quady North 2014 Grenache Blanc

A rebel goes north to southern Oregon

In the San Joaquin Valley of California, the name Quady means world-renowned dessert wines and aperitifs, orange muscats that explode like a sunburst on the tongue.

A second-generation winemaker, it would have been easy for Herb Quady to stick with the family business. But Herb Quady has never done the easy thing. Or the expected thing.

So, Quady went north to Oregon to build his own winemaking career. To a place where the wine industry still welcomes rebellious sorts that don't take themselves too seriously.

And he started making big reds and bright whites, leading with unusual varietals, like Grenache Blanc and Mourvedre, Viognier and Cabernet Franc. And Herb loves to shock folks by selling some of his wines as box wines - enclosed inside ammo boxes.

But the rebel is building guite a reputation, with folks all around wearing t-shirts proclaiming, "Herb is my winemaker." Which leads to an important guestion: Can you still be a rebel when you're the king?

Cellar 503 Tasting Notes

Quady North, Jacksonville, Oregon
2014 Grenache Blanc

Grenache Blanc is a white wine grape from the Rhone region of France. Rarely found alone, it's often blended with Rousanne and Viognier, and occasionally with red wines of the Cotes du Rhone.

Quady North's first bottling of Grenache Blanc in 2014 was so popular, it sold out in just a few weeks. Now, it's back for a 2015 run - though by the time it's in your hands, it may be sold out again.

Almost as clear as water, this crisp, light wine leads with aromas of peach and apple, before proceeding to flavors of pear and lychee. Pair it with soft white cheeses, smoked salmon, and light fare - it might just be the perfect thing for brunch on a lazy Sunday morning.

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