Showing posts from October, 2016

Lodi, California, Re-Discover Wine Country - Introduction

There is another California wine country destination worth discovering. It is not over-priced, it is not crowded and it is full of local charm and flavors. This is your opportunity to experience small town California wine country before everyone else.

With a long history of winemaking, Lodi, California is changing. Lodi has decided to return to its roots and to embrace a new future. Yes, you will find honest, local wines reflecting terroir and hard labor. Additionally, you will discover true gems and inspirational winemaking. There is a push towards sustainability and “natural wine making.” Change is afoot in Lodi. And I'm talking about more than just Zinfandel!
“My favorite Lodi wines were Cinsault, Albarino, Syrah, Petite Sirah, Viognier, Kerner, Pinot Grigio, Sauvignon Blanc, Tempranillo, Barbera, Sangiovese and some of those Old Vine Zinfandels too.”
Exploring Lodi wine country is like discovering buried treasure. Originally planted to vineyards in the 1880’s, for years Lodi w…

A Northwest Classic - DeLille Cellars 2015 Chaleur Blanc - Wine of the Week

"You have not experienced Washington wine or cuisine, until you have enjoyed the Chaleur Blanc with Pacific Northwest seafood."
Ah, October in wine country, the leaves are turning colors of fire and sunset. Yes, it is noticeably cooler, I needed a blanket last night to sleep and I find myself wearing a hat indoors. Friends and readers know that this is the time of year I begin to crave Chardonnay. It is my wine of the season.

And yet, I find myself drawn this year not to Chardonnay, but to a Sauvignon Blanc dominant white wine. A wine which was difficult to resist drinking in one sitting. A wine made in the Pacific Northwest for Northwest fare.

The 2015 DeLille Cellars Chaleur Blanc is styled as a classic Bordeaux blend, with 73% Sauvignon Blanc and 27% Semillon. After more than 20 vintages, the Chaleur Blanc has become a signature wine. I was impressed. Strongly Recommended!

Tasting Notes

Color: Dark Straw.
Aroma: Yeast, light toast, light almond shell, hint of minerality and …