New Vintage


Grgich Hills 2010 Paris Tasting Chardonnay

Celebrating the 90th birthday of Founder Miljenko “Mike” Grgich in 2013, this special Chardonnay is crafted in the same style as his 1973 Chardonnay that beat the best of France and revolutionized the wine world at the 1976 Paris Tasting. As the winemaking team describes, “For this wine we select only the best grapes from our oldest block of Chardonnay, which is the Wente clone obtained from our well-known neighbor, Larry Hyde, and planted in 1989. Through a combination of clone, age, and cool climate, this single block in our estate vineyard in the chilly Carneros region of Napa Valley creates wonderfully rich flavors, balanced with crisp acidity. We farm all of our vineyards naturally, without artificial pesticides or herbicides, and they are certified organic and Biodynamic.

Tasting notes: Notes of apple, butterscotch, and crème brûlée with a hint of wet stone on the long finish. Match its rich flavors with equally rich seafood bisque, lobster poached in butter, or a slow-braised pork shoulder.


Viansa 2011 Scintillare

The 2011 Scintillare—made from the classic Italian white grape known as Vernaccia—is an aromatic and refreshing sparkling wine with a pale golden color, fine rivulets of bubbles, a delightful nose, and bright palate. Using the traditional Méthode Champenoise to produce the wine, Viansa is keen on crafting a product that allows for the right amount of carbonation with the perfect flavor profile. Scintillare is lauded as a craftsman wine with small production, offering up only 750 cases in 2011.

Tasting notes: Bright citrus, golden apple, pear, and white peach with a hint of minerals.

Food pairing: A dinner of hors d’oeuvre to sample different flavors within the multi-dimensional Scintillare. The fresh acidity of the wine will cut through buttery phyllo, emphasize the triple cream richness of Brie, accentuate the brininess of oysters, and call out the richness of chocolate-covered strawberries.


Kunde 2012 Sonoma Valley Magnolia Lane Sauvignon Blanc

To blend the proper wine for this stellar Sauvignon Blanc, Kunde winemakers opted for 95-percent aged briefly in stainless steel, mixed with 5-percent aged in neutral French oak. The result is an ideal blend for day-caught seafood like oysters from nearby Tomales Bay. And, in case you needed a little convincing, this stellar vintage is a recipient of the 2013 Oyster Award, conferred by Pacific Coast Oyster Wine Competition.

Tasting notes: Crisp yet smooth with notes of lemon zest, orange rind, grapefruit, and nectarine. Sports a long, smooth finish.

Food pairing: Risotto with fresh wild mushrooms, chicken Marsala in a light cream sauce, and sausage flatbread.