LA WineFest’s Dr. Joel M. Fisher Wine Tasting: KungFu Girl, Charles Smith, Blason Wines

Winemake Charles Smith

On August 20th I attended a Senior Sips program held by Sara Chapin at Parkview Glendale.  She presented 3 wines to her audience, one of which was a Riesling from Washington State!

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From the Columbia Valley, 2015.  This was a balanced, crisp, clear, dry wine.  Live, refreshing, smooth — and certainly young.  Rated a 90 by Robert Parker, this WA wine mild on the nose, and balanced. Fruit forward, with stone fruit on the nose with a tinge of grapefruit and there was sweetness evident on the palate.  The body was medium and the finish also smooth with some lemon on the palate. This would pair perfectly with a decent cheese.


Charles Smith, the winemaker of this KungFu Gal riesling sold five of his brands, leading with this one, to Constellation Brands for $120 million dollars — and hired him to continue making wine for the brands separate from the rest of his wines.

Coming from a Scandinavian period of years promoting rock bands, Smith returned to Seattle in 2006 or thereabouts, went to Walla Walla and began this saga.  Best Riesling I’ve had in years. 

The second wine tasted was Fabien Collage Rose – 2016.  I regret it almost was lost, compared to the KungFu Gal.   Yet it was bright, clear, crisp, somewhat flinty, refreshing.  The color showed plum, there was fruit, a well as cucumber.  The taste was dry, finish smooth.  Will have to try it again.

The 3rd sample was a 2015 Blason Wines 100% Cabernet Franc.  The wine was a dark purple or garnet in color.

Winemaker Charles Smith

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The green pepper on those nose was flint, somewhat earthy, along with olive, and even some chocolate.  The wine had a medium finish and was fun. Friuli, Venezia, Giule and I liked it!

Disclosure: Many of you over the past years have met Sara Chapin and know her from wine fests as Sara Fisher Chapin.