Field Recordings Central Coast Hock White Blend 2018

Winemaker Andrew Jones has a keen eye for diamonds in the rough: sites that are unknown or under-appreciated but hold enormous untapped potential. He strives for unique wines loaded with personality and a one-of-a-kind experience.

Field Recordings is Andrew’s personal catalog of the people and places he values most. He quotes: “Our wines are all about the flavor — with none of the pretension.”

He spends most of his days as a vine nursery fieldman, planning and planting vineyards for farmers all over California, and is sometimes offered small lots of their best fruit on the side. Having stood in just about every vineyard on the Central Coast, he’s all about finding those underdogs with untapped potential. As friendships are made and opportunities are embraced, Andrew produces small quantities of soulful wine from these unusual, quiet vineyards.

This beautiful blend of Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Gewurztraminer is a special project for Andrew. Something that allowed him to embrace his love of Alsatian wines:

“The 2018 Hock is my play on a Eldezwicker (an Alsatian wine term taken from the German words edel (noble) and zwicker (blend) dating back to 1944.) My favorite table wines are Alsatian Blends and it’s one of my favorite old world wine regions. This wine is pretty much dry, with just a touch of residual singular in it to balance the acidity. There are no rules for making this wine vintage after vintage- it’s a regional white blend to represent the area and the varieties that are allowed there. This year there is way less Gewurztraminer and a lot more Pinot Gris in it, which gives it a lot more of an aromatic, crisp and refreshing feel.” 

In the glass you’ll also find mouthwatering notes of apricot, lemon zest, bartlett pear, freshly cut hay and just a hint of petrol from the Riesling.

We all know how filling Thanksgiving dinner can be. Find the lighter side of the holiday and start your night with a Winter Citrus Salad (think mixed grapefruit and oranges) with Honey Dressing, paired with this gorgeous Alsatian Blend. Bright and zesty and refreshing. We promise you’ll still have room for Turkey.

Michelle “Mecha” Michelbook – November 2020

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