White Wines    Chardonnay    Other California    California   
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Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2009
Menage a Trois Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 107205)

PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $12.79

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2008 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points

Winemaker's Notes:

Aromas of Fuji apple, peach, and pineapple are complemented by zesty and luscious fruit flavors and nuances of coconut, vanilla, and toasted oak. This sunshine-infused Napa Valley Chardonnay has bright acidity, a round mid-palate, and a crisp, clean finish.
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About Menage a Trois:

Given the choice, would you rather be a party of one…or a Ménage à Trois? In a blended wine, the different varietals each bring something to the table, making for a more complex, delicious wine. As a master chef uses different ingredients to achieve the perfect recipe, a winemaker skillfully selects and blends different grape varieties to create harmonious and intriguing wines. With each of our playful blends of three, there's no doubt that the whole is greater (and more fun) than the sum of its parts.


White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Mark West Chardonnay 2010
Mark West Chardonnay 2010
(search item no. 112124)

PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $10.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Summer aromas of fresh kiwi and honeydew melon fruits are balanced by lemon cream, freshly baked croissants and vanilla custard. This fresh, clean, bright Chardonnay is fruit driven with flavors of gooseberries. Oak aging rounds out the mid-palate and frames the fruit. Pair this wine with roast turkey, chicken Alfredo, cobb salad, grilled salmon, or your favorite grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup. For a dessert pairing trying this wine with apple pie a la mode.
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About Mark West:

At Mark West Winery our goal is to craft wines that consistently deliver enticing aromatics, a rich supple mouth feel, and classical varietal characteristics. The wines pair easily with food or for drinking alone. Our goal is to combine outstanding value and style in every wine we produce.


White Wines    Other White Blends    Sonoma County    California   
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Kenwood Vintage White Wine 2009
Kenwood Vintage White Wine 2009
(search item no. 105068)
Wine Enthusiast rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $7.99

Winemaker's Notes:

Kenwood has produced a delicious white table wine for over three decades. Blended from a combination of grapes from Sonoma County and other California appellations, this wine is delicious with a fruit/floral character and a refreshing finish.

Blend: Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc

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About Kenwood Vineyards:

Located in the heart of the Sonoma Valley, Kenwood Vineyards is dedicated to producing premium wines truly representative of Sonoma County’s world-class vineyards.

Kenwood Vineyards was established in 1970 in the former Pagani Brothers Winery, a historic cellar dating back to 1906. Thoroughly refurbished and modernized, the facility now boasts more than 125 stainless steel fermenting tanks and large oak uprights, and 20,000 small French and American oak barrels, all devoted to Kenwood Vineyards’ “small lot” style of winemaking.

In addition to the 22-acre vineyard surrounding the winery, Kenwood Vineyards sources grapes from dozens of vineyards – many farmed sustainably, using natural soil amendments and pest controls whenever possible rather than chemicals - in Sonoma County’s best appellations, including Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley, Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma Valley and Sonoma Mountain. Each lot from each vineyard is kept separate throughout the winemaking process, enabling the winemaker to bring it to its fullest potential. This “small lot” or “cuvee” style of winemaking also enables the winemaker to draw on an exceptionally broad “palette” to assemble wines that showcase classic character, subtle complexity and superb balance. As a result, every Kenwood Vineyards wine – whether Table Wine Series, Sonoma Series, Reserve, Jack London Vineyard or Artist Series – is consistent in quality and consistently delicious.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Carneros    California   
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Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2008
Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2008
(search item no. 107639)
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Wine Spectator rating: 87 points
PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $14.99

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2012 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
2009 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2006 Connoisseurs' Guide rating: 89 points
2005 Wine Enthusiast rating: 90 points
2004 The Wine News rating: 90 points
1998 Wine Enthusiast rating: 88 points
1997 Wine Enthusiast rating: 89 points

Winemaker's Notes:

The 2008 Carneros Chardonnay shows aromas of sweet vanilla, mango and pineapple fruit against a creamy, toasty background. In the mouth it shows intense apple, vibrant citrus, honeydew and pear notes through the creamy, subtly toasty finish. It's a classic example of Carneros Chardonnay and pairs beautifully with a gorgonzola and apple salad and oven roasted chicken.
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About Buena Vista Winery:

Founded in 1857 as California's first premium winery, Buena Vista, under the direction of winemaker Jeff Stewart, is a leader in cool-climate Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Merlot and Syrah. Straddling Sonoma County in the southern end of the Carneros appellation, the 523-acre Ramal Vineyard Estate is broken up into 167 small blocks, with 21 different clones of Chardonnay and 13 different clones of Pinot Noir, and is set along rolling south-facing hillsides overlooking the San Pablo Bay. The Ramal Vineyard is the crown jewel of all Carneros.

Most winemakers will agree that cool-climate wines like Pinot Noir are the most difficult to produce. And most will agree that Jeff Stewart does so with unparalleled success. Jeff comes to Buena Vista with over 15 years of achievement in cool-climate viticulture and his focus on gentle handling of the grapes and temperature moderation produces wines with complexity, character and depth.



White Wines    Chardonnay    Central Coast    California   
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Hess Select Chardonnay 2009
Hess Select Chardonnay 2009
(search item no. 107035)

PRICE ON 10/23/2014: $10.99

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This wine also available as part of the Hess and Gourmet Food Pairing Set

Tropical aromas of freshly-cut pineapple and ripe pear. A soft entry of well-balanced fruit and oak persists all the way to a pleasing finish of honeydew melon and crème brûlée.

This wine's natural acidity complements tangy, spicy foods and will offset the richness of creamier dishes. Enjoy with Asian chicken salad, grilled tuna with melted anchovy butter and lemon, or a creamy pasta dish with Portobello mushrooms.

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About The Hess Collection:

The Hess Collection was founded by Swiss entrepreneur Donald Hess, who first purchased vineyards on Mount Veeder in 1978 and began making wine under The Hess Collection label in 1983. In 1986, he began renovation of the historic winery, originally constructed in 1903 by Colonel Theodore Gier. The winery opened to the public in 1989. The Hess Collection has vineyards on Mount Veeder, along with their Napa Valley estate vineyards - Su'skol and Allomi in Napa Valley, and Shirtail Creek Vineyard in Monterey. Each of these vineyards is sustainably farmed in accordance with Donald's philosophy: "Nurture the land, return what you take."