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Hess Collection Chardonnay, Oak, and Texture

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]

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How Does Chardonnay Age Under Screwcap? Kumeu River Wines at TEXSOM

When I attended TEXSOM, one of my goals as far as the seminars I signed up for was to embrace new experiences that would broaden my understanding about the world of wine. Actually, more like shine a light on a place, a person, and a process unbeknownst to me. This is why I chose to attend [More]

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Two Recommended 2013 Sonoma Chardonnays

It’s California Chardonnay time again! Particularly a couple from the 2013 vintage in Sonoma. I was sent samples of both the J Vineyards Estate Grown (from the Russian River Valley section of Sonoma) and the Gundlach Bundschu Estate Vineyard, which hails from the Sonoma Coast. Both of these wines see time in oak barrels. To [More]

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Tater Tots and Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay: A Mouthful

Look at the way the light hits these tater tots! As I poured myself a glass of Gundlach Bundschu Chardonnay (the 2011 hailing from California’s Sonoma Coast), graciously sent to me as a sample by the winery, I could not help but think of Caravaggio‘s famous work, “The Calling of Saint Matthew“. Though this image [More]

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Pair the 2011 CrossBarn Chardonnay With A Sunny Sonoma Day

How often is it that in a lineup of ultra-fancy wines I single out the least expensive as the most impressive? Not as often as I’d like, but the 2011 CrossBarn Chardonnay made my (sunny) day in Sonoma. While visiting the CrossBarn winery in Sepbastopol on a press trip sponsored by Jarvis Communications, I was [More]

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Stop Hating on Chardonnay

I think it’s time to put to bed the whole “Anything But Chardonnay” aka “ABC” crap. I am the first person to swear undying allegiance to Chablis and the Macon where the best (I mean the best) Chardonnays are born, bred, and raised. Oak is not the devil nor is California Chardonnay. This is not [More]

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