Gabriele Rausse Winery — Collage, N.V.

By, Neil Williamson VWJ Editor

The Virginia Wine industry is filled with characters but there are few in the industry with as much character and institutional knowledge as Gabriele Rausse.  In addition to his modest winery he works full time as the Assistant Director of Grounds and Gardens at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello.  He came to Virginia from his native Italy in 1975 to consult on a new winery in central Virginia, Barboursville Vineyards.  He then moved on to several other Virginia wine postings and today serves as consulting winemaker for about a half dozen Virginia wineries.  He has two grown boys, Peter and Tim that are both highly sought after winemakers in their own right.

Collage is a delightfully light white blend that is the perfect wine for a patio party.  In the glass it has the color of an orange honey blossom in the late spring hinting at its inherent sweetness.  The melon filled nose leads to a viscose attack with honeysuckle.  The midpalate relaxes and expands to expose cantaloupe and honeydew melon.  The round finish lingers nicely on therear of the molars.

This wine is exquisite by itself but I also enjoy it with spicy Chinese/Thai dishes including Hunan Shrimp and Pad Thai.  The coolness of the sweeter wine provides a bright contract to the spicy tones of the entrée.

DRINK NOW – SEPTEMBER 2012

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