junkies drinkers have their stories of that little tasting room that they happened upon, or visited on a whim, and were delighted by the result. Here’s one of mine.
Maison Bleue is a winery that Jon and I happened upon during a trip to the Yakima Valley during Red Wine and Chocolate weekend in 2011. I blogged about that day here. We had the opportunity to meet the winemaker, Jon Martinez, and his story is pretty interesting! You see, he used to be a dentist… No, seriously! Jon (the winemaker, not my husband) originally owned a dental practice in Missouri, but decided he wasn’t satisfied with that, so he began helping out a winemaker friend and taking courses in Enology. He moved out to Washington to start his winery, which focuses on the Rhone varietals (and he throws in some Chardonnay).
When we were tasting the Maison Bleue lineup, we really enjoyed chatting with Jon and hearing his story. For a man who has found success relatively quickly in the wine industry, he is humble and friendly, and his passion for his product shines through. I hear that he is opening a new tasting room this spring in Walla Walla, and I hope one day to be able to check that one out too!
Tonight I’m sipping the 2009 JaJa White, a blend of 67% Roussanne, 28% Chardonnay and 5% Marsanne. The wine is a very pale yellow, and it has a faint floral nose. It tastes of crisp citrus with pear and floral tastes, with a light minerality. There is a light oak on the finish, which gives it a wonderful complexity without overdoing the oak. It is a fantastic wine!
Maison Bleue only produces about 2200 cases overall, but for a small winery, he is increasing his distribution pretty quickly. I am frequently surprised at how often I see their wines in various wine shops I have visited, and he has distribution in several other states too! So if you see any of his wines, I hope you will check them out!