My third assignment for Imbibe Magazine is in the current July-August issue and it’s all about Alpine Wines! I visited Olympia Provisions Public House, known for its sausages and Alpine wine selections and hung out with their sommelier Jessica Hereth.
The Alpine region provides us with beautiful high-acid whites and lighter-bodied reds. They are fresh, vibrant wines. Perfect for summer! Mondeuse is a red varietal, apparently with a cult-like following. (It’s similar to a Gamay- and when slightly chilled is easy to drink.) Jessica says in the article that she has enjoyed curating an Alpine wine selection which could include wines from northern Italy, Austria, Germany, western Slovenia, eastern France and Switzerland. Jessica has even tracked down some Oregon winemakers that produce Alpine wines, like Johan Vineyard’s Blaufränkisch. Jessica notes that if you’re looking for a summer wine outside of the typical Rosé, Alpine wines or Alpine-influenced wines will fit the bill perfectly. “I love the delicate fruit and floral notes balanced by the zingy acidity from Alpine wines on a hot summer day,” she said in the article.
After the photo shoot my assistant (Christie- you’re amazing, thank you!) and I sat down and Jessica poured us some Alpine wines as we snacked on sausages and mustard. She was right! (Of course.) The wines were perfect for summer sipping. I enjoyed the white wine from J. B Becker in the above (lead) photo and Christie was delighted by her red choice, Jochen Beurer Weiss Trocken ’16.
If you haven’t been to any of the Olympia Provisions locations, you’re missing out! The food is delicious. And now, I will encourage you to perhaps skip the German beer and try an Alpine wine instead. For more about Alpine wines pick up the current issue (on stands now) and flip to page 58. 😉 Cheers!