his wine club, which he calls a wineocracy, bringing top-shelf wines to lower-shelf wallets. Hughes says he keeps prices low by removing the middleman-distributor-retailer chain through which store-bought wines must pass.
Cameron Hughes Lot 622 Columbia Valley Riesling 2016
Hughes says this Riesling was sourced "from the top program of a high-end Columbia Valley winery and crafted by a winemaking staff with a wildly impressive international resumé." No names are given, as is customary with Cameron Hughes wines.
2016 was reportedly a great vintage with early budbreak and cool summer temperatures. Alcohol hits only 11.8% abv and the wine sells for $12.
This golden Riesling has a nose that is laced with stone fruit, citrus and a whiff of petrol. The palate is semi-sweet, with a nice bit of acidity and luscious fruit galore. I’d pair it with a spicy dish, maybe Thai food or a bánh mí sandwich.