Let's Talk Wine with Eric Garnier
May 2013

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.

Sauvignon Blanc
Pinot Blanc
Pinot Gris, also known as Pinot Grigio
Riesling, both sweet and dry
Gewurtztraminer, both sweet and dry.

Albariño
Grenache Blanc
Roussanne
Marsanne
Viognier


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.

66th Annual Ventura Wine Trail Celebration 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 venturacountywinetrail.com. More than 17 wineries and 12 restaurants will be represented. See you there.....

Cheers!

Eric
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