Living in the Pacific Northwest next to the lovely wine-producing areas in Washington and Oregon has its advantages. This became especially apparent to me on a recent trip to Tar-jay (or as some people call it, Target…lame). While I took a gander down the wine aisle, I discovered an array of Washington and Oregon wines at some graduate-student friendly prices. Hogue is a familiar “face” on many wine shelves nationwide, but I grabbed a bottle of its Fumé Blanc at the recommendation of a friend. I could spare $5.99 to give myself the opportunity to possibly find a new favorite, under-$10 wine.
The Hogue Fumé Blanc is heavy on the citrus, a characteristic I often find in Washington whites, and has a bite of minerality and spritz. It is very acidic, almost beyond my comfort level of acid in white wines, and a touch sour. This fades as the wine breathes in my glass, and as I pair with some fatty munchies of macadamia nuts. I like that this wine is dry and refreshing, like sipping a margarita next to the pool on a hot day. For a six-dollar wine find, I have to give my friend kudos for suggesting the Hogue Fumé Blanc. Thanks, Britney!
[UPDATE] I drank a glass of the Hogue tonight after opening it yesterday and am getting some great hints of grapefruit, which combined with the minerality of the wine, drinks like a Vodka Greyhound with a salted rim. I’m not getting as much alcohol and acid as I did yesterday, and it is lending a really pleasant crispness that I seek out in white wines like Fumé Blanc, Dry Riesling, and Pinot Gris.