2010 Inception Viognier & Uplands Cheese "Rush Creek Reserve" Weekly Pairing February 6, 2012
Many of you who frequent the store often inquire what we are drinking and many of you have heard Inception Wines as the answer. We love their well made and well priced wines. Winemaker and partner George Pitsironis has a passion for Rhone varietals and when the opportunity to make something other than great Pinot Noir and Chardonnay came up, he jumped at Viognier. That's where we all get lucky. His 2010 Viognier is wonderful; not over blown and flabby like many California Viogniers can be, but fruit forward and balanced displaying spice, fruits, and minerals that develop as the wine is open and enjoyed. It's the perfect white wine for a Los Angeles winter weekend afternoon.
I like it with a very special cheese from the Upland Cheese Company based out of Dodgeville, Wisconsin. Famous for making some of America's best raw milk cheeses (most of their production is focused on making Pleasant Ridge Reserve), but when November rolls around and the cows start to eat the winter grasses, they shift production to making their Vacherin Mont d'Or styled cheese: Rush Creek Reserve. Creamy, pleasantly pungent, and wrapped in spruce bark, the cheese is made and aged for sixty days before release to market. It is a knockout soft ripening cheese that gives the Europeans a run for their money. We are told they'll be out of production by March, so be sure to get one before they are gone.