Nicky’s Blog: The Month of March with Mark Ryan
As we enter into in dining again, I have anticipated being able to expand glass pour offerings. I want my glass pours to be wines that I am proud of! Wines that you might not traditionally see on a glass pour list. So, I am excited to announce my choice of using Mark Ryan Wines for a glass pour in our restaurant.
Mark Ryan McNeilly began making wine in 1999 with a few tons of grapes in a friend’s garage. He now produces wines sought after by many loyal Washingtonians. One of the many interesting facts about this incredibly talented wine maker that he is completely self taught. He studied on his own for years before he produced his first vintage. In honor of “Taste Washington Wine Month”, I thought I would spend some time highlighting one of Washington’s best winemakers.
I will be pouring Mark Ryan’s Vincent Red and Chardonnay by the glass for the rest of the month. The Vincent is from his Board Track Racer label. Mark is an avid lover of music and motorcycles. When you visit his tasting room that becomes apparent, his walls are covered with images of both motorcycles and concerts he has been to. The Vincent Chardonnay has beautiful citrus and apple aromas and flavors. The Vincent red is a beautiful representation of a left bank Bordeaux style red. 58% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot, 17% Malbec, and 1% Petit Verdot. I love this style of blend: all of these grapes grow so wonderfully in Washington State and they are so fun to pair food with. This red has aromas of black cherry, cedar and vanilla. The mouth feel is bold with notes of blueberry, blackberry and warm baker’s spice.
Chef Tyler is going to be changing the menu out weekly but he will be sure to come up with some lovely concoctions to pair perfectly with these two new glass pours.
“My love for food and wine is due to the social aspect of sharing the experience with my family and friends.”