Pretty is our version of a Blanc style vermouth.
It starts with Pinot Gris wine from the Wahluke Slope. Then we add vanilla bean, cardamom, elderflower, chamomile, lemon peel, comfrey, and angelica. The last stage is a sweetening to about 6% sugar with agave nectar.
Pretty was made in partnership with Amanda Reed and George Engelstadt, both from Seattle.
With a bottling program energized by Macklemore, Woodinville spirits maven Mhairi Voelsgen begins her Pretty project with a Pinot Gris base from the arid Wahluke Slope. That wine provides 75% of the final product, which is sparked by botanicals ranging from angelica, cardamom, chamomile, comfrey, elderflower, lemon peel and vanilla bean. This fascinating mixture makes for aromas of dried pineapple, a cup of orange pekoe tea with cream, lemon preserves, juniper and dried herbs. Inside, it’s a trip to a spice market with vanilla and chai swirling in golden raspberries and golden raisins.