Sonoma Valley Wines to Love

Sonoma Valley Wines embody love, grace, and are true to their roots. Here are some of the current wines I am savoring with the one that I love. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Cheers from Sonoma Valley!

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Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut

Gloria Ferrer Winery is nestled in the Carneros region of Sonoma. The winery produces stunning sparkling wines. I love the Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut sparkling wine which is made from Pinot Noir grapes. The term “brut” in the wine world means “dry”. The wine is lush, sparkling with bright, lively acidity and creamy mouthfeel (texture) on the palate. Juicy, ripe fruit characters exude a bubbly personality in the glass. Pair with California inspired cuisine, spicy dishes, creamy cheeses, ripe berries, and buttery popcorn.

Hanzell Vineyards “Sebella” Chardonnay

I like Chardonnays that are more Burgundian in style with cool climate grown fruit, minimal oak, and bright acidity. Hanzell “Sebella” Chardonnay satisfies my palate precisely. With lively notes of honeydew melon, lemon zest, and passionfruit, the wine is supported by a gentle strength of minerality. It’s like tasting springtime. Pair with seafood, especially shellfish like oysters, clams, mussels, prawns, mild semi-soft cheeses like Gouda or a mild blue. It is also beautiful with roasted chicken and salad dishes.

Schug Carneros Pinot Noir

I bought Schug Carneros Pinot Noir on a whim and when I tasted my first sip, I was smitten. The Carneros region in Sonoma is known for growing brilliant Pinot Noir and Schug Winery does just that. The wine is richly studded with bouquet of cherries, and berries, hints of earth and spice. Flavors of black cherry and strawberry on the palate combined with its rich texture and long silky finish keeps you wanting more. This is a sultry and playful wine. Pairs nicely with gamy meats such as lamb or duck, wild or smoked salmon, 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 with softly structured texture and a beautiful finish. 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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