I have had a storied past with Chardonnay. Sometimes I like them – othertimes I LOVE them. Tonight is one of the “othertimes”. Three stellar examples of the impact of the judicious use of oak with a grape.
Chardonnay, Domaine Talmard (France) 9
Chardonnay, Lola (Sonoma Coast) 10
Chardonnay, Saintsbury (Carneros) 12
Family businesses are the best. I’ve been incredibly lucky to work with my 3 daughters. And Chris Bilbro, founder of Marietta Cellars, has been lucky to do the same with his 3 sons, Scot, Jake, and Sam. I want to meet Chris for a drink as long as he brings the wine! 3 daughters, 3 sons, 3 fabulous red blends.
Old Vine Red Blend, Marietta Cellars (California) 9.50
Cabernet Blend, Marietta Cellars (North Coast) 12
Syrah Blend, Marietta Cellars (McDowell Valley) 13
Laurie and I began our love affair sipping a glass of wine.
As young law students we traveled to Florida together at Spring Break and dined on the beach at a little bistro where we ordered a bottle of wine because it was shaped like a fish. That bottle of wine transformed our meal as we shared, sipped and fell in love. Wine is magical. It can do that to people.
In 2004 we opened Vinovino to provide you with a love affair of your own. We don’t have any bottles shaped like fish but we have personally selected each bottle that represents the best in its class – and we have paired those wines with equally fabulous food.
Wine has become a fascination for us – another interest we share together with our three girls and six chickens. Yes, chickens. That story will have to wait for another day. Today, we hope you will simply share, sip, and fall in love.
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