Category Archives: Chardonnay

TASTING: Wente Vineyards, Wine and Music

On Thursday, August 1st, Karl Wente hosted an interesting Wine and Music tasting, with his friend Shannon Koehler. Besides being a fifth-generation winemaker, Karl is an avid musician. Karl started on saxophone, gravitated to electric guitar, and plays acoustic guitar … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED SUMMER WINES: The White Knight

A division of The Other Guys wine group (Sebastiani family), The White Knight brand’s motto is “Saving the world from the tyranny of Chardonnay!” Cute. After their initial offering of an impressive Viognier, the Knights have expanded into Riesling, Moscato, … Continue reading

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Winemakers’ Dinner, Columbia Gorge

One of the traditions of the Wine Bloggers Conference is the “mystery bus” jaunt. Bloggers bravely board buses, blindfolded. (Not really, just had to get in that alliteration.) All we know is that we are headed to a winery, where … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Two from Murrieta’s Well. The Whip, 2011 white blend; The Spur, 2009 red blend. Around $15.

The Murrieta’s Well winery name is based on Old West history: Joaquin Murrieta, a.k.a. “Zorro,” would steal horses from northern California and run them down into Sonoma or Mexico, watering them from the artesian well on the property en route. … Continue reading

Posted in Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, California, Chardonnay, Food, Gewurztraminer, Malbec, Merlot, Orange Muscat, Petit Verdot, Petite Sirah, Red Blend, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Tastings, Viognier, White Blend | 1 Comment

A flight of Chamisal wines: “A Taste of Summer” new releases. Online with the winemakers, TasteLive.com, May 24, 2012.

The soft, lovely name Chamisal, pronounced “Shah-mih-sahl,” comes from the ubiquitous shrub, chamise chapparal (chamisal), that grows prolifically and up to 12-feet tall in their area. The first vineyard planted in the Edna Valley appellation (between San Francisco and Los … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: La Crema 2009 Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast. 13.9% ABV. Around $17 but available for as little as $12.99.

For us, when it comes to Chardonnays, if we want one made in the Burgundy style, our go-to is Chalone. If we want an Old Faithful that’s consistent from the first taste to the last drop, every year, with toasted … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Chalone Vineyard, 2009 (and 2010) Chardonnay, Monterey County. 13.5% ABV. Usually $10-12.

Several weeks ago, we reviewed the wonderful Chalone Merlot (see http://www.thefrugalwinesnob.com/?p=663). We are pleased to be getting around to telling you about the Chardonnay. The Chalone Chardonnay was sent to Paris in 1976 and was judged third in that small … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING. Two strong recommendations, lots of education.

On November 19, we attended a wine tasting hosted by Cuvée, Ocala’s wine bar and bistro (HIGHLY RECOMMENDED). The wines were presented by Tom Tiley, wine consultant with Coastal Wine & Spirits. Tom’s background includes 15 years as a Level … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Wente Vineyards Estate Grown, “Morning Fog” 2010 Chardonnay, Livermore Valley/San Francisco Bay. 13.5% ABV. $12.99, available for as little as $9.95.

Intense, focused, and bracing, this pale golden wine definitely cuts through the fog. NOSE: Even at its coldest, it was very aromatic with lemon, floral notes, hints of tropical flavors, and a breath of sea salt. TASTE: Bright, tart with … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve “Summation,” White Wine Blend (33% Sauvignon Blanc, 27% Viognier, 15% Chardonnay, 9% Semillon, 6% Roussanne, 6% Pinot Blanc, 2% White Riesling, 2% Muscat Canelli), California, 2009. 13.5% ABV. $11.99, available for $9.99.

Sometimes my love and I surprise each other with a new wine and the “Guess!” game. The winner gets one of his or her wishes granted. When I first sniffed this beauty, I confidently said, “Chardonnay.” But as soon as … Continue reading

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