Wednesday, February 6, 2008

WOW White on a Weekday

Dry Creek Vineyard produces the most highly awarded Chenin Blanc in the nation. Over the past several vintages, this wine has earned more than 30 Gold Medals, plus scores of Silver and Bronze Medals. In 2001, it won the “Grandes Expressions de Chenin” award at the Loire Valley Wine Competition in France.

Located in Clarksburg, a relatively unknown grape-producing region in California's Sacramento Delta, the Dry Creek Vineyard is commitmed to sustainable agriculture and minimal off-farm consumption. Growing cover crops like clover and beans help rebuild depleted soil by releasing bound nutrients, minimizing the need to import fertilizer. Cover crops also reduce erosion, attracting beneficial insects that help balance the insect population.

Crafted in the traditional Loire Valley style, their Chenin Blanc is stainless steel fermented to preserve the fresh tropical aromas and bright acidity that have become hallmarks of this wine. At first swirl, the wine displays notes of melon, peach, and lemon peel. On the palate, crisp acidity is balanced with juicy tropical fruit flavors and additional hints of honeysuckle and rose petal. The finish is precise and harmonious with wonderful intensity and flavor – a perfect match with fresh shucked oysters or spicy Thai food. (or in our case, Moroccan Pheasant and Rice)