Montevina Chardonnay

Montevina ChardonnayMontevina got their start back in 1970 and they’re based in Sierra Foothills in Amador County, California.  While they have 400 acres of estate vineyards, they also source some of their grapes from additional growers.
The literature available on their Chardonnay doesn’t state whether the grapes are from their vineyards or sourced.  It also doesn’t state, in detail, where the grapes are from — additional than being from coastal and delta fruit, or in additional words cool climate regions.  I assume the grapes are sourced from a few different vineyards.  Regardless of where the fruit is from, the result is pretty excellent.
The wine underwent fermentation in primarily stainless steel, with less than 10% undergoing fermentation on French oak. Read more

Dry Red Wine Types

history of wine culture of wine consuming wine  %tages Dry Red Wine TypesRed wines come in many unique styles, the most obvious difference being dry and sweet. The dryness or sweetness of a wine depends on its mount of residual sugar. The vast majority of red wines available are dry, meaning they have little to no sugar. It would be nearly impossible to create a complete listing of every type of dry red wine, but the basic categories are easy to define.

Classic French Reds

Many of the world's most famous and highly regarded dry red wines come from old France, and most of those come from three major regions: Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley. Bordeaux red wines are blends of several grapes, mainly cabernet sauvignon, merlot and cabernet franc. Red wines from Burgundy are made exclusively from pinot noir. In the northern Rhone, red wines are made from syrah, while southern Rhone wines can be blends of as many as 13 grapes like the famous Chateauneuf-du-Pape but are predominantly made from grenache. The best of the wines from these regions are extraordinarily complex and tend to age well.

Other Old World Reds

Italians create many well-known dry red wines in two main regions: Piedmont and Tuscany. The major Tuscan grape is sangiovese, which produces the ubiquitous Chianti, as well as the more refined Brunello di Montalcino. When sangiovese wine is blended with wine from non-Italian grapes, the wines are dubbed "Super Tuscans" and are usually wines of great quality and high prices. In Piedmont, the king of all grapes is nebbiolo, which produces such distinguished red wines as Barolo and Barbaresco, Italy's most complex and robust wines made for long aging. Spain produces some high-quality reds from the tempranillo grape, including notable wines from Rioja and Priorat.

Countries all over the world have jumped into the wine-making game, many with great success at producing dry red wines. In California, Napa Valley Continue reading

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