Chile, Chardonnay, 2013
While we may not be heading off the beaten path, our taste of Chilean wine this week is a slight bit different than those in previous adventures. Instead of seeking out a bold and invigorating red varietal, we're looking at a Chardonnay. Not a typical pick for us from the southern continent, but still deeply within our wheelhouse. Don't worry — we'll begin branching out in a few weeks.
From the Central Valley of Chile, this Chardonnay is born out of fertile and naturally protected vineyards — Chile's leg up on every other nation around
California, Pinot Grigio, 2013
A delightfully different style of white grape varietal, the Pinot Grigio is known for splendid fruit flavors and exquisite drinkability. To be sure, this isn't a wine I particularly want to dabble in; however, I've recently been looking to branch out, to make new friends and explore new territory. It's been a fantastic voyage, and I'm ever so happy to include you fine readers in the journey. This will likely be the last of the Smoking Loon series, at least for the time being, as we
California, Chardonnay, 2012
When you find a wine producer you thoroughly enjoy, it's only natural to pick up each and every bottle of theirs you can get your paws on, right? I really hope that's the case, as I've simply fallen in love with Smoking Loon's entire catalogue of wines. From their whites to their reds, from their sweet to their bold, these are a bunch of folks who truly know their schtick. California has certainly earned its reputation for fantastic winemaking. Verily.
We've taken a look at Smoking Loon's
California, Chardonnay, 2013
Once again we are taking a look at an interesting Chardonnay; it's just been that sort of a summer, I suppose. Smoking Loon's "Steelbird" Unoaked Chardonnay comes to us by way of California's famed Napa valley wine country; an area of land so perfect for the production of wine that the California legislature had considered — on several occasions — making any other type of agriculture on the land illegal.
I made that last part up, just now.
As far as white wine varietals go, Chardonnay is perhaps my favorite. When I saw the chance to
Italy, Cortese di Gavi, 2013
Italian wine seemingly lives in its own little world, with its own set of rules, and its own agenda. Perhaps unsurprisingly, I've never met an Italian wine I didn't like. We can chalk that up to chance, or we can take it as an indication that the Italian winemakers really know their craft. I'm going to take the latter as fact and carry on. Cortese di Gavi, or simply "Gavi," is new to me. A wine made in a restricted area of the Province of Alessandria, Piedmont, near to the Ligurian border, Gavi is produced
California, Cabernet Sauvignon, 2012
A Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa valley is hard to beat — even the bottom shelf varieties are usually very drinkable. Indeed, as one of the world's most renowned wine varietals, Cabernet Sauvignon enjoys a level of fame that is both well deserved and well exploited. But we're not here to talk about overexposure, money grabs, or any of that nonsense; we're here to talk about good wine. And so we shall, with a bottle I fell instantly in love with as it sat on the shelf, its charming logo staring back at me from across the aisle.
California, Chardonnay, 2012
A delightfully simple varietal, the Chardonnay grape originated in the Burgundy region of France, but can now be found virtually in any region where wines are produced. This grape varietal is known for its stunning neutrality and versatility, owing much of its flavor profile to fine oak barrels and the aging process. Indeed, there are nearly as many flavor profiles for a Chardonnay as there are countries in which it is produced. From Sonoma to Burgundy, and from Chile to New Zealand, the Chardonnay is truly a worldly wine. Eastpoint Chardonnay — California Special Reserve, typically accompanied by various cheeses
France, Mâcon Villages Chardonnay, 2012
France has a rich and romantic history, filled with great art, delectable food, and delicious wine. A country which takes as much pride in their culture and history as they do their many industries, France's various winemakers imbue their craft with a delightful personality, unapologetically French, and incredibly charming. The Burgundy region is home to many a wine varietal, but the most famous are, of course, the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grapes. Today, we'll dispense with the reds, the rosé, and the sparkling wines which are prevalent throughout the regions, and will focus on
California, Pinot Grigio, 2013
The fertile plains of Sonoma County (more specifically Geyserville and Oakville, California) are home to a great many vineyards, producing a wide variety of incredible fruits. Indeed, Northern California is one of the main hot spots of American wine production, and has the great distinction of being one of my favorite sources. Famed film director and producer, Francis Ford Coppola, runs a quaint, family-friendly winery in the town of Geyserville, which features a restaurant, swimming pools, and bocce courts. Now is said to be a great time of year to visit the winery
Italy, Toscana, 2011
Having never been presented with the opportunity to enjoy a Tuscan wine, I was more than a little excited to find a bottle of Casali di Bibbiano's Toscana tucked away in a far corner of my local wine shop. This Italian white wine is an amalgamation of Vermentino and Sauvignon blanc varietals, which gives this wine its uniquely refreshing flavor and sophisticated bouquet.
Tuscany is home to some of the most notable wine regions in all of Italy, including Brunello di Montalcino, Chianti, Bolgheri, Carmignano, and Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. These regions each have their own unique ecological
Washington, Riesling, 2012
Ranking second in the United States in the production of wine, behind only California, Washington State is home to a wide swath of vinters. Consistent temperatures and ample sunlight are two of the main reasons for Washington's success in winemaking, in addition to an incredibly helpful rainy season. The Columbia Valley, Yakima Valley, Walla Walla, Columbia George, and the Puget Sound are some of the main wine regions in the area, although there are many, many others. While Chardonnay and Merlot experienced a great surge in popularity in the 1990s, Washington State's main list of
"It's a black fly in your Chardonnay..."
Those lyrics will forever haunt any occasion during which I am drinking an otherwise delightful glass of Chardonnay. It is perhaps well known that I am not what anyone might refer to as a drinker of white wine, although I have been known to dabble quite a bit, as one does. Variety is the spice of life, after all, and I'm not going to deny a good drink the honor of being enjoyed simply because of the beverage's hue. That would be both incredibly rude and unbecoming of a wine