Do you know your ABC's ?
Chardonnay is the largest selling wine in California. It is usually
termed with words like oakey and buttery. Generally, the more of these
two key adjectives, the more expensive the wine. To keep cost down,
some wineries add wood chips in the aging process to help keep costs
down, because a wood storage barrel can run between $400-700 per barrel.
But, Chardonnays are not for everyone. This is where your ABC's come
into play. ANYTHING BUT CHARDONNAY.
There are many, many other white varietals out there that are lively,
refreshing. These wines are a great accompaniment with many different
kinds of foods.
I will list a few that are very popular and easily accessible here in
Ventura and sometimes at some of the wineries on the Ventura Wine Trail
Pinot Gris, also known as Pinot Grigio
Riesling, both sweet and dry
Gewurtztraminer, both sweet and dry.
Many wineries locally blend some or all of the last four mentioned
grapes. These Rhone Rangers, as they are called because these grape
varietals all come from the Rhone Valley in France.
So, next time you are in the mood for a nice white wine on a hot sunny
day or with your wonderful grilled halibut dinner, don't forget your
ABC's! Anything But Chardonnay
Mark your calendar for the 6th Annual Ventura Wine Trail Celebration,
June 20th at the Collections Riverpark Oxnard. Tickets and info at
. More than 17 wineries and 12 restaurants
will be represented. See you there.....
Questions or comments?
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last month's "Let's Talk Wine" article by Eric
Ventura Wine Bars
County Wine Trail
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