Sonoma Valley Wines to LOVE

Sonoma Valley Wines embody love and grace, while being equally true to their roots. Local, family owned wineries with sustainable farming and gentle winemaking practices embrace the characteristics of the grape to shine as wine in your glass. This blog is about some of the wines that I am currently savoring – Sonoma Valley Wines to LOVE. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do, Cheers!

Sonoma Valley Wines laying on grass

Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs

Gloria Ferrer Winery is nestled in the Carneros region of Sonoma. The winery produces stunning sparkling wines. One of my favorites is the Gloria Ferrer Blanc de Noirs sparkling wine, made primarily from Pinot Noir grapes. The wine exudes a lush body, sparkles with bright, lively acidity and welcomes you with a creamy mouthfeel (texture) on the palate. Juicy, strawberry fruit characters with equally refined minerality express a bubbly personality in the glass. Pair with California inspired cuisine, Asian inspired dishes, creamy cheeses, ripe berries, and buttery popcorn.

Hanzell Vineyards “Sebella” Chardonnay

Being that my palate favors Chardonnays that are more Burgundian in style, the Hanzell “Sebella” Chardonnay satisfies my palate precisely. It is certainly one of my favorite Sonoma Valley wines to love! The cool-climate grown Chardonnay grape in the vineyards, combined with the stewardship of the Chardonnay grape in the winemaking process produces a wine that exudes purity with bright acidity. My palate enjoyed lively notes of honeydew melon, lemon zest, and passionfruit, supported by a gentle minerality. It’s like tasting springtime. Pair with seafood, especially shellfish such as oysters, clams, mussels, and prawns. Pair with cheeses such as a mild semi-soft cheese like Gouda or a mild Blue. It is also equally as beautiful with roasted chicken and fall salads.

Schug Carneros Pinot Noir

Last year, I bought my first bottle of Schug Carneros Pinot Noir on a weekday evening to pair with honey-soy glazed wild salmon. When I tasted my first sip, I was smitten! Schug Carneros Estate Winery knows Pinot Noir. The Schug family’s deep-rooted history with the Pinot Noir grape cultivates from a 100-year-old heritage in Europe. Their hand-crafted European-styled Pinot Noir is produced in the cool-climate Carneros region in Sonoma which is known for growing brilliant Pinot Noir. The wine spoke to me as richly studded with aromas of cherries, berries, hints of earth and spice. Flavors of black cherry and strawberry burst on the palate. All this, combined with its rich texture and long silky finish kept me wanting for more. This is a sultry and playful wine. Pairs nicely with gamy meats such as lamb burgers, duck, or with a wild or smoked salmon. Also, enjoy with mushroom dishes and truffle infused cheeses.

Ty Caton Moon Mountain District-Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon

Ty Caton Moon Mountain District-Caton Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon comes from hillside, estate vineyards, located in the Mayacamas Mountain range in the Moon Mountain District of Sonoma Valley. I love this wine! Black cherry jam and chocolate notes are flirtatious on the nose. Layers of flavor flow on the palate — black cherry and plums intertwined with a soft, structured texture and a beautiful finish. It is quite a palate pleaser. This wine knows who it is, true to its roots grown from mountain fruit. Pair with harder, aged cheeses, red meat dishes, or a rich piece of dark chocolate.

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