Hand-Picked Selections – July


Goosecross Cellars – One of my favorites for under-the-radar Napa blends, Sauvignon Blanc and a lovely limited Rosé offering. Check out my winery experience here!

  1. Hand-picked Selection #1: Rosé by Lucy 2018 $34 – With dry rosé’s being what most people are asking for these days this one no doubt hits the spot. With all grapes coming from Napa the value on this guy is worth every penny. Crisp and light with round strawberry and cherry aroma’s with a bright and zippy finish. This fresh Rose calls for some fresh cuisine and a nice patio view. *Drink fresh
  2. HPS #2: Sauvignon Blanc 2017 $32 – To me there’s nothing better than a smooth, well-balanced expression of Napa SB. Grass, citrus fruit and minerality lace the glass on this wine without making your mouth pucker up. Single vineyard fruit sourcing limits production on this wine but the quality and thoughtfulness in production are evident right away. *Drink now through 2020.


Domaine Chandon

  1. HPS #1: Reserve Blanc de Blancs $35 – Great choice for my client. The Reserve series at DC are next level with more time aging in bottle thus creating richness in texture, bubbles, and more body. The blanc de blancs translates to “white of whites” and in traditional fashion made with the Chardonnay grape. This is the ultimate sparkling wine for someone who wants that extra punch! Fried chicken or potato chips might just be the perfect pairing, or anything fatty and salty for that matter. *Drink now through 2030, this will age well.
  2. HPS #2: Sparkling Red $30 – Also a specific selection with a personalized tough. Fun, fruity but not too sugary sweet. This is such a good option for those hot days when you want something refreshing but not another white or rose. Sparkling red is so delicious but not commonly found, this guy is a gem and will probably have you coming back for more. Great pairing for salty and spicy dishes! *Drink now through 2020


Whitehall Lane, Napa – Rutherford AVA

  1. HPS #1: Rosé of Petit Sirah $24 – I chose this one for the mere fact it’s delicious and the winery is down to their last few bottles of the 2018 vintage. Classicly dry yet bursting with pretty, red fruit aromas. Rosé’s made from unique varietals are always a fun find and this the Petit Sirah has the lightness in body with an authentic Napa stamp of light tannin on the finish, most notably coming from this varietal. *Drink fresh


August Trip: Sonoma – Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sparkling and Zinfandel


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