Category Archives: Chardonnay

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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RECOMMENDED: Block 511 (Vineyard Block Estates), 2008 Chardonnay. Russian River Valley, CA. $14-18. 13.5% ABV.

AROMA: Subtle. Salty! Whiffs of florals as it warmed up. FIRST IMPRESSION: Tart, crisp. Slightly sweet, quite dry. Silky, buttery and smooth. Dangerously drinkable. NEXT: This wine because FABULOUS as it warmed up. The oak became apparent a few sips … Continue reading

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HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: A movie! 2008 “Bottle Shock.”

Based on real life, this film has been in the making for several years, under the tentative title “The Judgment of Paris,” and was released as “Bottle Shock” in 2008. Movie synopsis: France’s position as the world’s top wine producer … Continue reading

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RECOMMENDED: Sterling Vineyards, 2008 Napa Valley Chardonnay (silver label). Usually $16.99-17.99; available for as little as $12.95. 14.5% ABV.

Mind you, we all have different tastes. Some folks like unoaked, “naked” Chardonnays. Not me—I prefer them big, beefy, and all grown up, dressed with a cashmere overcoat and tickets to the opera. So if you like your Chardonnay buff—buttery, … Continue reading

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WINE TASTING! 40 wines sampled, 8 recommendations.

2007 Ramon Bilbao Tempranillo, Rioja, Spain. 14%. Aged in new French and American oak, 15 months. www.BodegasRamonBilbao.es. $16.99. 2008 Sterling Napa (silver label) Chardonnay. An old-California-style, big and chewy, oaky, velvety, buttery Chardonnary. Not as big as the 1980 Napa … Continue reading

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