Aug
31

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Diatom Kodo 2011

Repetition is severely undervalued in North America. Its meaning has been denuded by an ever-forceful demand to discard. But, for me, the greatest rewards in life are subtle and arise

Aug
17

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Kongsgaard Napa Valley 2002

I’m starting to feel that the title of this spotlight was misconceived. Focusing on “the new” suggests California wine has restarted, carte blanche, from its era of high ripeness and

Aug
7

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Hirsch Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2012

One of the most important persons in the Sonoma Coast is David Hirsch, who purchased the land that eventually became his eponymous Sonoma Coast estate in 1978 after working in

Jul
31

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Failla Fort Ross-Seaview Estate Vineyard 2012

One of the “hottest” regions for “the new” California is the amorphous Sonoma Coast AVA. The appellation extends across a massive 750 square miles and numerous microclimates such that merely

Jul
20

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Hanzell Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2006

Part of “The New” California Chardonnay movement is a shift in focus away from the Napa and Sonoma valleys to lesser known regions that are far better suited for growing

Jul
14

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Mount Eden Estate 2010

The new is old. With its vineyards originally planted in the 1940’s using material brought into California from Corton by Paul Masson in 1896, the winery now known as Mount

Jun
29

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Talley Estate “Rincon Vineyard” Chardonnay 2011

Understanding “The New” California Chardonnay requires understanding the early days of the grape in California. Prior to the 1960’s, Chardonnay was a footnote of California grape growing. Today it is

Jun
21

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Hilliard-Bruce Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2011

While only first offering wines in 2008, Hilliard-Bruce is special for its vineyard location and its highly scientific philosophy. Initially John Hilliard and Christine Bruce also used consultant Paul Lato,

Jun
11

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Sandhi Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2011

How does one decide what is ‘right’ in wine? Are some choices better than others? Why? In discussing ideology theorist Slavoj Zizek has said, following the writings of Jacques Lacan,

Jun
8

Spotlight on “The New” California Chardonnay: Brewer-Clifton Gnesa Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2010

Why Does This Spotlight Matter? An Overview. There are few wines with greater taint and preconceptions than California Chardonnay. Driven by residual sugar and excessive batonnage and oak ageing of