Makovicka Winery La Crosse 2015 – 85 Pts.

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My parents sent me a text message this morning: “Do Titus and Mollie have any free time today or tomorrow?” they inquired. That usually means they’re in town, which can be good, except for days like today when we are out of town ourselves. Mollie is our dog. Titus, our son.  My parents live 300 miles away, but advance notice before showing up isn’t really their style. It can be stressful at times, but it can also lead to some fun impromptu rendezvous.

Last night, we just happened to be in Norfolk, Nebraska, helping to celebrate the nuptials of two wonderful friends of ours. It was a great time. So when I got the message this morning, I replied that we weren’t around, but would be heading back after brunch. My parents decided to meet us part way, even though we didn’t have Mollie with us, so they could hold their grandson for a few hours before returning home. My dad sells wine in his store, and I obviously write about it, so a winery seemed like a logical place to meet up. We chose Makovicka, in part because it was one of the few remaining wineries in the state that Sonja and I had not yet visited, and we wanted to include them in our soon-to-be-released guidebook on Nebraska wineries.

Makovicka is a small place, but beautiful, nicely kept, and packed to the brim with traffic the entire afternoon. We chose this bottle to sit out on the porch with while my parents got some time to hold Titus. The really impressive thing about this La Crosse is that it’s actually dry. While most wineries in the area are making and selling far more thoroughly sweetened whites than anything dry or off-dry, this light, airy white boasted high levels of acidity, and was fully dry from start to finish, with tart notes of lemon and white fruits throughout. It paired well with a sunlit patio and some local artisan cheese, and later, the rest of the bottle paired well with some spicy fast-food Chinese from HyVee, too.

We left rather impressed with the entire portfolio of wines at Makovicka, and over dinner Sonja lamented not having purchased a bottle of their cherry wine to take home. Good thing the place is only an hour away. This wine retails for $15, and is a good example of a dry white from a region not known for that. 85 points on my scale, and recommended.

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