It isn’t often I talk about value wines, but this is no ordinary wine! Rudy Zuidema of Napa Valley fame, making wines for many “higher end wines” (up to $125+), is the winemaker for Dave’s Porch Wine. Dave Yewell set out ten years ago to make an everyday table wine for his immediate family and extended friends after retirement. It really started as a home hobby and for the first two years as it was just family and friends appreciating the wine. He makes just two wines, a Sauvignon Blanc and a GSM blend.
2019 Sauvignon Blanc
Today’s lunch wine was the 2019 and comes from Lake County AVA (northeast of Napa Valley). I now have in the cellar the 2018 and just purchased the 2019. The 2019 has all the typical citrus flavors of Sauvignon Blanc. You can also pick up honeydew melon to round out the flavors. It is light straw coloring on eye and is such a refreshing “porch pounder” in the late summer afternoon or early evening. 328 cases were produced. It is sold only in case quantities and is $120/per case!!! Yes this is for California residents primarily but Dave does have some associations in other states. What a “DEAL”!!! (Editor’s Note: After publishing this story Dave Yewell sent me a note mentioning he had just sold out, but the 2020 will be released in May, 2021)
The Food and Wine Lunch Pairing
Perhaps one of the best food and wine pairings in months! Shrimp ceviche with red onions, bell peppers (red, yellow, orange), lime juice, lime oil, salt, black pepper, olive oil and cilantro. The flavors of ceviche and Dave’s Porch Wine were spectacular!!
This is a wine I have served to many, many people with total confidence in the quality of the product. The astonished reactions by people when the price is revealed is somewhere between non-believing to how can I order immediately. With so few cases produced it will go fast.