Category Archives: Chardonnay

Chardonnay, Migration, Russian River Valley, Sonoma County, California, 14.1% abv, US$32

About 10 days after we visited Migration’s Alexander Valley tasting room and winery in August 2016, it was sold as part of the Duckhorn Wine Company deal (which includes Duckhorn Vineyards, Paraduxx, Goldeneye and Migration) to San Francisco-based TSG Consumer … Continue reading

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Chardonnay, Pur Prisme, Guiborat Fils, Grand Cru, RM, Cramant, Champagne AC, France, 12.5% abv. US$45

This Champagne was created by Richard Fouquet, a 5th generation vigneron and récoltant manipulant (someone who grows his own grapes, makes his own wine and markets them under his own name) in Cramant. We visited Richard and his wife Karine … Continue reading

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Chardonnay, Upper Bench Winery, Naramata Bench, Okanagan Valley VQA, BC, 2013, 13.7% abv, C$22@winery

My mother loves this wine, so I was honestly trying to save my second bottle for a dinner with her. But then it got busy at work.  And I deserved it. Sorry, Mom. This great little homegrown Okanagan beauty is … Continue reading

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L’Amateur, David Léclapart, Blanc de Blancs, Pas Dosé, Premier Cru, Trépail, Marne, Champagne AC, France, 12.5% abv

Late blooming Pinot Meunier is the most frequently planted grape in the Marne, so the fact that David Léclapart has got Chardonnay growing in the frost prone village of Trépail is very interesting. That he is a fervent devotee of … Continue reading

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Chardonnay, Clos de Ste. Anne, Naboth’s Vineyard, Millton Vineyards, Gisborne, New Zealand, 2013, 13.5% abv, NZ$70

From a biodynamic, dry-farmed, single vineyard of 25 year old vines, this is a tremendously delicious Chardonnay fermented with native yeasts.  On the eyes, it’s a pretty lemon with a nose of pomelo, quince, ginger and crushed rock dust. The … Continue reading

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Champagne, Perrier-Jouët, Brut, Belle Epoque, Epernay, Champagne AC, France, 2006, 12.5% abv.

Over two centuries, Perrier-Jouët has only had seven cellar masters.  It was also the first House to create a dry Champagne in 1856.  Then there are its famous art-nouveau bottles – and this one has been hand-painted.  Since 1902 when … Continue reading

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Brut Vintage, Gold Label, Lanson, Champagne AC, France, 1999, US$75.00

I was awarded this bottle, oh yes I was… along with an engraved decanter for having the highest overall score in 2014 for WSET graduates in BC.  As someone who doesn’t even work in the industry (alas, the blog doesn’t … Continue reading

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