White Wines with Sea Influence – Comparative

Wine Tasting, March 2nd 2017

Master Sommelier Prep Group
Canlis, Seattle, WA

Comparing White Wines, with the influence of Maritime Seas, or styles simply with a saline quality.

The Options:

  • Classics:
    • Melon, Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine “Sur Lie”/Clisson/Gorges/Le Pallet, Loire Valley, France
    • Albariño, Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
    • Grüner Veltliner, Wachau/Kamptal/Kremstal, Niederösterreich, Austria
    • Pinot Grigio, Alto-Adige/Veneto/Friuli, Italy
  • Others:
    • Assyrtiko, Santorini, Aegean Islands, Greece
    • Hondarrabi Zuri, Txakolina, Basque Country/País Vasco, Spain
    • Godello, Valdeorras, Galicia, Spain

Our Wines:

  1. ’14 Martín Códax Albariño, Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
  2. ’15 Bottega Vinaia, Pinot Grigio, Trentino DOC, Trentino Alto-Adige, Italy
  3. ’15 Domaines Landron, “Le Château de la Carizière” Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine “Sur Lie”
  4. ’14 Vincent Dauvissat, Chardonnay, Chablis AOC, Burgundy, France
  5. ’13 Louis Métaireau, Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine “Sur Lie”, Loire Valley, France
  6. ’15 Adegas Morgadío, Albariño, Rías Baixas, Galicia, Spain
  7. ’14 Weingut Josef U. Gisela Nigl, “DAC Reserve” Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal, Niederösterreich, Austria
  8. ’13 Domaine de la Pépière, Melon de Bourgogne, Clisson, Loire Valley, France
  9. ’13 Château de la Bigotière, Melon de Bourgogne, Muscadet-Sèvre-et-Maine “Sur Lie”
  10. ’13 Nicolas Joly, “Les Vieux Clos” Chenin Blanc, Savennières, Anjou-Samur, Loire Valley, France

From these selections, the following were the most classic examples:

  • Vincent Dauvissat, Chardonnay, Chablis
  • Louis Métaireau, Melon, Muscadet
  • Josef Nigl Grüner Veltliner, Kremstal DAC Reserve
  • Adegas Morgadío, Albariño, Rías Baixas
  • Nicolas Joly, Chenin Blanc, Savennières “Les Vieux Clos” 

The others were still quality wines, but lacked the same essential markers of their classic counterparts.


  • Tyler A, Purple
  • Martin B, Wild Ginger
  • Nick D, Medium Plus
  • Beth H, Freelance Somm
  • Robert L, Wild Ginger
  • Elton N, Canlis
  • Dawn S, Stoneburner
  • Jeff LT, RN74/WT Vintners
  • Ole T, Classical Wines
  • Paul S, RN74


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