Swick, The Flood White
Staff Pick
Orange Wine (Skin Contact)

Swick, The Flood White - 2021

Item # 46988 750mL
$25.96/ Single Bottle
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Production Methods

Orange Wine (Skin Contact)



Wine made from organically or biodynamically grown grapes with minimal intervention avoiding the use of chemicals, additives and technology.

Tasting Notes

A skin-contact white blend of Chardonnay, Gewürztraminer, Auxerrois, and Riesling. Dry, with tannic structure, it is aromatic yet accessible. Cloudy, and natural in style, this is an approachable and refreshing orange. Pair with pad kee mao.

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Staff Pick Notes

Named after the Missoula Floods, which permanently altered the lands of both present day Washington and Oregon, Joe Swick has created a whimsical blend of 5 white grapes that have each undergone 30 days of skin contact. These grapes are vinified and aged separately in neutral French oak before being blended just prior to bottling. All grapes come from single vineyards in both Washington and Oregon. When Lake Missoula burst through an ice dam, it did so at a rate 10 times more powerful than the combined flow of all of the world’s rivers, carving the Colombia Gorge and leaving the Willamette Valley thousands of feet underwater! Gewürztraminer, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Auxerrois, and Riesling all put on a show here, with ripe, juicy stone fruits balanced with clean acidity and a little tannin.


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