I met Rodrigo Soto back in 2012 when I was visiting the Veramonte winery in Chile. (Sidebar: they have a really cool antique corkscrew collection there.) He’s been at the forefront of converting vineyards to organic farming for the Ritual, Neyen, Primus, and Veramonte labels. Recently I had a chance to reconnect with him for [More]
Anyone who knows me is aware I am a fan of oaky white wines. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that at a recent lunch I was invited to I fell hard for the Hess Collection Chardonnay (2016). Hess Collection Chardonnay 2016 Joining a small group of scribes at this meal was Nicole Carter, the [More]
I covered the Sauvignon Blancs from the Wines of Chile tasting last week, but I thought it was time to give Chardonnay its due. I enjoyed pairing Chilean Chardonnay with salmon; the richness of the fish went well with the oakiness of the three Chardonnays. While the Santa Rita and the Concha y Toro had [More]
I’m a fan of White Burgundy and potato chips. And I like wearing t-shirts and jeans while I drink my fancy French Chardonnay. This pretty much sums up my attitude towards wine that I have refined (or rather, unrefined) since I began blogging about wine in 2004. Now I’ve migrated to a new look and [More]
My new post on the Foodista blog for my expanded thoughts on Chardonnay and oak.
Pulled a well-chilled bottle of 2008 MacMurray Ranch Sonoma Coast Chardonay given to me my Gallo. I know, I should be drinking Picpoul, no? I have to say that there is nothing wrong with Chardonnay. And oak. Together. As long as the oak influence is gentle and there’s some acidity. I’ll be expanding on this [More]