Who doesn’t want to discover delicious tasting wines for $20 or less? Thanks to the Porter for showing us the Plot.
Porter & Plot creates wines of exceptional quality from lesser known varietals and unique appellations with a distinctive story. With a focus on the details, winemakers create limited-production artisan wines to bring drinkers first time access to micro-production bottles with the same ease of availability you would experience from a macro-producer. Through simple, balanced and approachable wines, their goal is to make it easy to explore the undiscovered world of wine and enjoy the journey.
These limited production wine gems with distinctive origins from around the world are priced for $20 or less. Launching February 26, their product portfolio will feature a diverse collection of small-lot wines, each typically 1,000 cases or less, that showcase the distinct land on which they originate. Smaller AVA wines are currently hard to find for most wine consumers and are rarely available for under $20 – something Porter & Plot aims to change.
The name Porter & Plot embodies the brand’s mission to be a reliable and consistent purveyor of small lot wines, historically the domain of high-end shops and importers. The porter, or gatekeeper, guides consumers through plots, or unique regions, helping them to understand the diversity and distinct expression of land that each wine reflects. The brand will feature numerous wines with the aim to continually bring consumers new regions and varietals each vintage, as opposed to attempting to replicate a popular wine the next year.
Porter & Plot’s philosophy is all about discovery and attention to details – not just what type of wine it is, but also its origin. Their first selections—which include a 2013 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris, 2012 Edna Valley Single Vineyard Pinot Noir and a 2013 Costières de Nîmes. The offering proves that wine drinkers, whether new or experienced, never have to settle for less knowing they have a great porter.
In Los Angeles at the beautiful rooftop Petit Ermitage, guests were treated to a journey through the different regions of the Porter & Plot Wine – each guest received a “flight ticket” to get them through the below stations. Each station embodied a different aspect of the wine experience and delivered a full experience with the accompaniment food pairings.
2013 Columbia Valley Pinot Gris
Jars of pineapple, sage, rosemary, apples, pears, green grass, honey, vanilla extract and green peppers were some of the scents that were experienced at this station. Food that was paired with this wine was the ‘Roasted Red Pepper with Balsamic and Basil’ and ‘Burata with Cumquat, Celery and Walnut Pesto.’
2012 Edna Valley Single Vineyard Pinot Noir
Guests went through a variation of textures that translate to different wines – the textures consisted of wool, silk , satin, felt, sandpaper and burlap. Food paired at this station was the ‘5 Spice braised pork belly with quince-grazed turnips’ and ‘roasted pumpkin skewers with lemon & mint.’
2013 Costieres de Nimes
Guests were treated to local produce and cheese that complimented this wine. Food paired at this station was ‘Pomegranate glazed lamb loin’ and ‘Crab salad on endive with apple saffron vinaigrette.’
My favorite wine was the light Pinot Gris with a hint of fruit. Porter & Plot is now sold online through Amazon.com, Club W (www.clubw.com), and via www.porterandplot.com, in addition to select restaurants.