The Patriot-News - PennLive.com PAUL VIGNA, The Patriot-News The Manheim, Pa., winery also recently released its 2009 Chardonnay and a 2010 Sauvignon Blanc. Both are available for tastings.
Sauvignon Blanc Paul Vigna/The Wine Classroom A bottle of the Waltz vineyards' Sauvignon Blanc. If you taste this, make sure you also ask the semi-dry Fusion and make your own comparison.
Chenin Blanc Waltz Vineyards has added an eighth wine to its lineup and its first reserve. Its new Chardonnay spent 10 months in French oak and gives the winery a sophisticated white that foodies will find appealing. It's going for $36/bottle.
Late Harvest Chenin Blanc (dessert Wine)
More often than not when ordering awhite wine I go for a Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume, made from thesauvignon blanc grape in France ’s Loire Valley. I find it asversatile as an aperitif as I do with a wide variety of foods tofollow, and the price is usually right.
Rosé What I almost never do is order a sauvignon blanc fromAmerica, where it is sometimes called fume blanc. All thevirtues I find in French sauvignon blancs -- their aromaticbouquet, herbaceous, slightly grassy flavor, and lightness ofstructure -- are often squandered in California and PacificNorthwest wineries, which tend to overemphasize herbal notes,making most taste like a newly mown lawn with plenty ofdandelions and a little fertilizer thrown in.
Sauvignon Blanc Many deliberately imitate the fruit-punch flavors of theenormously successful Cloudy Bay and other sauvignon blancs from New Zealand . Wine Spectator’s MaryAnn Worobiec writing aboutCloudy Bay found “Tangerine, mango and citrus flavors are pureand focused, smooth, round and wonderfully refreshing, withpeach, Key lime pie, mineral and floral elements that reallytake off on the finish.” As I said, fruit punch.
However, 25 years later, Phil and Carol Baily are among ahandful of pioneers still running their own Temecula winery, andthe impact they and their family have had on the region extends farbeyond the rolling hills and vineyards of Wine Country.
Cabernet Shiraz In the early 1980s, the Baily family pulled out a map and drew abig loop around their Los Angeles-area home.
Rosé The couple were hoping to find a community close enough to thecity to work, but far enough away to raise their two boys and carveout the lifestyle they both wanted.
Wine Notes by Heidi Cusick Dickerson As I write this the rain is pouring straight down in glassy slivers drenching the grapevines so green and in need of sunshine across the road from my window. The incessant pattering interferes with our spring chores and challenges our seasonal spirit of renewal (where was spring and only a week or so until summer?) I hope by the time you read this we have put away our coats and umbrellas.
Shipping Wine To India Spattering through graduations, barbecue cookoffs, a monster bike race and intermittent mowing, Mendocino folks make the best of the elements. Rain or shine I'm looking forward to the 20th anniversary of the Taste of Redwood Valley next weekend, June 17, 18 and 19.
Cabernet Shiraz Every year on Father's Day weekend, Mendocino's historic wine region hosts a kickoff winemakers' dinner and two days of extraordinary open houses. The scale is perfect for exploring the eight wineries and world famous brandy distillery, most of which only open for Redwood Valley's special event weekends like A Taste of Redwood Valley.
A toast to a healthier Earth There is a growing movement toward viticulture that places the care of the earth itself as the priority.
Grover Vineyards India A lot of folks might disagree with the statement above. But what is beyond debate is the growing movement toward viticulture that places the care of the earth itself as the priority. And here in the Pacific Northwest, certification for "Salmon Safe" and "LIVE" (Low Input Viticulture & Enology) farming practices provides vineyards and wineries official recognition for sustainable agricultural practices modeled after international standards.
Shipping Wine To India In my experience, there is a perceivable link between earth-friendly vineyard management and quality winemaking. It is simply common sense to presume that anyone who goes to the extra trouble, expense and risk of replacing chemical fertilizers and sprays with practices that promote biological diversity is going to follow that up with noninterventionist winemaking. That, in turn, enhances the expression of terroir — the natural flavors derived from the specific vineyard environment.
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