A Range of CA Chardonnay: Napa, Sonoma, SLH, Lodi, SB, Ventura

what do these wines have in common? CHARDONNAY!

What do all of these wines have in common?

They are all made with CHARDONNAY grapes!

And while they all share certain Chardonnay characteristics, each one is different and resonant of the vintage, place or origin, and the winemaker’s intent.

Following our foray into Burgundy with the Winophiles (where we were sadly flummoxed by premox), we decided to explore six different regions in California– Sonoma, Napa, Santa Lucia Highlands, Lodi, Santa Barbara, and Ventura counties– for this year’s Chardonnay Day extravaganza today.

For the past few years in May, we’ve focused on Chardonnay from France and Oregon, with a particular fascination for dry farmed wines. For example:

Aragon’s Cariñena and Castles + Olive Anchovy Sammies #WorldWineTravel

2 wines from Carinena

Located south of France’s Languedoc-Roussillon the northern Spanish region of Aragon is famous for castles, the Camino, and Cariñena.

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The Sea in Chablis and the Tragedy of Premox in William Fevre #Winophiles

Chablis and the sea in the barrel room at Cantara Cellars in Camarillo

Premox– premature oxidization.

That was the explanation I was given for what I was tasting. Continue reading

For Teachers, Moms, Friends: Show Appreciation with Organic Corvezzo Prosecco and PortoVino Purses

Corvezzo

It’s time to celebrate! After a year of lock downs during the COVID 19 pandemic, now that so many people have one or both vaccines, it feels like the world is starting to open up again. And so  yes it’s time to celebrate and what better than sparkling wine and hugs for hard working moms, teachers, and friends? 

 

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So Africa’s Organic Reyneke Syrah and Chenin Blanc with Instant Pot Persian Lamb Shanks #WinePW

Success often comes at a price, but at Reyneke, it’s important that their success does not cost the earth or people. So says Johan Reyneke. Instead, the goal of Reyneke wines is for both planet and people to flourish.

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Comparing Sauvignon Blanc from Marlborough’s Mohua and Napa Valley’s St. Supéry for #SauvBlancDay

Sauvignon blanc

St. Supéry may have invented Sauvignon Blanc Day in 2010 to call attention to this refreshing, citrusy wine, the event  quickly took off and New Zealand has taken over leadership for #SauvBlanc Day, a global, virtual, day-long celebration each year on the first Friday of May, which this year is today, Friday May 7, 2021! Continue reading