Great Winter Whites

Barndiva Chardonnay by Copain, Anderson Valley 2015 $25

This Chardonnay is quite special to us for several reasons. Made from organically farmed grapes a hop, skip and jump from our farm in Anderson Valley, it is one of three wines with our label on them made by the extraordinary Wells Guthrie at Copain Winery. Crisp and fresh, with no new oak to obscure the bouquet, it’s alive with lemon, jasmine, and fresh apple aromas we’d like to think wafted down over the vineyard from our orchards on the Greenwood Ridge.

Domaine la Manarine Côtes du Rhône 2014 $17

This Southern Rhône red from 100% Grenache produces a classically spicy, full-bodied red that speaks unmistakably of the “garrigue,” the fragrant plants that grow wild along the Mediterranean coast. For generations the specific terroir at Domaine la Manarine have been recognized as unique, consisting of a deep layer of more than 60% hard limestone “galets,” the perfect soil to produce elegant and aromatic wines.

Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2013 $34

A luscious Tuscan red made from 85% Sangiovese and 15% Colorina, Caniolo and Merlot, this wine is loaded with tart red fruits, hard spice and a hint of cocoa. Vino Nobile di Montelpulciano wines are considered “baby Brunellos.” The Sangiovese grown in this village is the noble Prugnolo Gentile clone, known for its silky, elegant texture, and exquisite purity of fruit. Qualifies at Barndiva as a 'Chef Fancher ++approved red.'