The Americanization of Chardonnay

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Bit by bit, over the last 25 years, the great French houses have been quietly creeping in to the Americas.  From Canada, down to California, and on in to South America, prestigious and established french houses have added extensions in the new world. One such house is Domaine Joseph Drouhin, with it’s addition of Domaine – read full article –

Live Blogging: Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay

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Wente was one of the first vineyards in Livermore California, and is the oldest continuously operating winery in the state of California.  It is still family owned, and the Wente Family is the first family of Chardonny.  many of the clones that are in California today are Wente or derivatives of Wente Clones.   The – read full article –

Live Blogging: 2012 Jordan Chardonnay

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Lisa Mattson is well known in the blogging community, and is an engaging and energetic Communications Director for Jordan Winery in Alexander Valley, in Northern Sonoma County. The 2012 Chardonnay is all Russian River fruit, with a little bit of time in French Oak.  Classic Russsian River Chard, sourced from 8 vineyards.  The gravelly soil – read full article –

Bucher Vineyards – a step back in time

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When I first came to know the wines of Bucher Vineyards, it was through my love of all things Pinot.  A very specific spot in the Russian River AVA, with a true sense of terroir, I had been drinking the wines of Holdredge Winee for years before I came to know the people behind the amazing – read full article –

Jordan Royalty

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Sitting on the mountaintop overlooking Alexander Valley, Dry Creek and Geyserville, you might feel like doing your best Leonardo DiCaprio impression from Titanic.  I’m the king queen of the world! Jordan Vineyards & Winery was founded in 1976, with a passion for world class Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon, made in the heart of Sonoma.  Today, that – read full article –

Judgement at Okanagan

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On our last day in the Okanagan, we were greeted by gloomy skies and chilly temperature.  That didn’t deter from the sweeping views from the top of the valley floor, where we arrived at Tantalus Winery for a tasting and lunch.  At the winery, we were joined by Rhys Pender, Master of Wine, from the B.C. Wine Institute, – read full article –

Speed tasting 12: Chilean Chard

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Maycas Limari 2008 Chardonnay is grown 300 miles north of Santiago and 8 miles in from the coast. It’s 100% chardonnay and sells for $20. It’s nice that there isn’t too much oak on the front, but it has an interesting flavor that i’ve found in most Chilean wines. I’m not so much of a chardonay person, – read full article –

We didn't go for the almonds but…

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Jordan Winery is a hidden gem in Alexander Valley.  Up a winding driveway, through the woods, and yes – even over a creek, you meander up to the upper vineyard of the winery, where the French inspired chateau winery sits.  It was founded in 1972, coincidentally the same year both I and our host john – read full article –

On top of the world, looking down on…

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Silicon Valley?  Yes Virginia, there is wine in the South Bay, high above the muck of Cupertino, on Monte Bello ridge.  Long before the computer chip was invented, the Monte Bello winery was started on this ridge.  At 2600 feet, the winery is located at the apex of the hill, where the upper most vineyards – read full article –

Under the Madrone tree…

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One scorching hot Saturday, I was invited to take a Napa mountain adventure, up past St. Helena, past Spring Mountain’s Falcon Crest set, to Smith-Madrone Winery high atop Spring Mountain road.  As I drove, and drove, and drove, and worried that my car was overheating (or just plain flipping out in protest) as I climbed – read full article –

A smattering of tastings – WBC Day 1

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Where does the time go?  The Second Annual Winebloggers Conference has already come and gone, and I am left wondering “what the heck was that bus that rolled over me  “.As one of the voices behind the curtain of the WBC Scholarship, and as a huge cheerleader, proponent and fan of the WBC, I am – read full article –

Playing with balls…

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  Second labels are hot right now.  They are one way for a winery, who might be struggling with the economy, to use some of their juice and develop a lower price point wine.  or they might just be a way for the winemakers to have a little fun with their wine. Pétanque wines are – read full article –

Just say no to OAK!

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WOW!  What a day.  The mercury has reached 90 degrees, in SAN FRANCISCO.  IN APRIL!  Mother Nature is sure ticked off.  The saving grace to this terrible heat wave is that I have been enjoying some very nice white wines of late.  Now, you probably know that I am a red girl through and through, – read full article –