We recently had the good fortune to taste a lineup of wines from Saint Laurent Estate Winery during a dinner with Bean and other friends. This took me and the hubby back to our visit to the winery this summer during a road trip that took us from Winthrop to Leavenworth. As good fortune would have it, the Wenatchee Valley is just about an hour outside of Leavenworth. Referring to our Wine Trails of Washington guidebook – an indispensible reference that we highly recommend – we were delighted to see that Saint Laurent would be a convenient stop along the way. As we pulled up to the winery and got out of the car, we were pleasantly surprised by the beautiful gardens on the grounds as well as the sweeping view. This stop is definitely worthwhile!

Saint Laurent

Saint Laurent Lucky White

During that visit, we didn’t get to taste the Saint Laurent 2008 Lucky White because it was sold out, so were we delighted to have the opportunity to do so at Bean’s. This white wine is a blend of Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Chardonnay. On the nose, it is slightly herbaceous with sweet pear. A hint of pear also comes through on the palate along with some minerality. Paired with the right food, this wine’s transformation surprised us. While the finish came across as bitter when paired with mussels, we were in awe of how well it paired with potato salad. Not the mayonnaise based potato salad, but one dressed with olive oil, Dijon mustard, rice wine vinegar, and fresh dill. The wine responded to the potato salad by brightening up and allowing the salad to diminish the trace of bitterness we noticed previously. The Lucky White retails for $15.

If you’d like to try it before you buy it, but can’t make it to the winery’s beautiful location in the Wenatchee Valley, have a sip at Taste Washington this weekend.

Note: We received this bottle as a sample from Saint Laurent Estate Winery