At first I couldn't help but notice Ryan's attractive logo on his business card - a circle of people holding hands. The logo on the label gives us an idea about the winery's name. Tertulia is a Spanish word meaning a social gathering of friends. That's what happens when there are great bottles of wine around - friends gather.
So what the heck was going on with this Viognier? I knew something else had to have been in the mix -- and I was right! The wine is 23% Roussanne.
During aging, the Viognier and Roussanne each took a rest on the lees, with Ryan stirring the lees weekly for 3 months before blending the juices. This was done in order to increase the mouth feel. I thought there was enough lively acidity going on, which makes for a great food wine. If you read my posts, you will also discover that I am very much into pairing wine with food. The Tertulia Cellars Viognier kept screaming at me to hurry up and roast a chicken, stuffing it with rosemary and garlic. But I didn't even have a chicken salad sandwich on me to keep it quiet! Which reminds me: I would definitely recommend to pack this wine in your next picnic basket. Cheers!