|#WenteChard and Mac-and-Cheese from Home Room, Oakland|
As early as 1889, wine from the Livermore Valley,won the Grand Prix at the International Paris Exposition. In 1936, Wente bottled the first varietally labelled Chardonnay in Livermore. So there is a lot of precedence to delicious Chardonnay here, especially from Wente.
Set your GPS for Wente Vineyards. The Wine Maker's Studio is a lovely destination where you can advance your knowledge of wine in a fun, tasty way. More information on classes here
|Cure for Homesickness in Paris|
First 2013 Morning Fog Chardonnay ($15) This is a wine that is made with care to express the Livermore fruit well, even adding in 2% of Gewurztraminer for a dash of spice. A combination of barrel and stainless fermenting as well as seven months on the lees and monthly battonage, produces a soft mouthfeel with a snap of acidity. I got a nice vinous edge to the aromas as well as citrus notes and apple. It is carried all over the world as I snapped a photo of it at the Nicholas Wine shop on the Rue Cler in Paris. Way to represent the USA Wente!
2013 Riva Ranch Chardonnay ($22) This is made from Monterey County fruit. It had a warmer gold color and was very food friendly. 3% Gewurtz here. More oak gave this a broader touch of vanilla, which was nice with pineapple and mango in the flavors It was delicious with the Mac and Cheese. Without descending into "Cougar Juice", the more persistent creamy notes of this wine stood up to and complemented the insanely delicious Home Room macaroni and cheese. Home Room is an Oakland purveyor of over the top rich, buttery, cheesy goodness #Cardiologists avert your eyes.
2014 Eric's Chardonnay Small Lots ( $25) I am a sucker for Unoaked Chardonnay. I thought this wine made a great aperitif. It had a crisp, refreshing texture that was perfect for peeling off the stress of that last concall. Flavors and aromas were subtle but shifting clouds of peach, lemon, bay leaf, pineapple and savory vinous notes. Stainless steel is the perfect backdrop to make the most of hand harvested premium fruit. This is a great introduction and representation of the Livermore Valley and how tasty this place can be
Whereever you choose to spend #Chardonnayday, I hope you lift a glass of Wente to taste California history in a glass. When I finish my work, my final and my commute, I plan to toast Livermore!
These wines were provided as samples