Oscar mania has overtaken Hollywood and possibly the world. Sunday’s the big day or rather night. Ever wonder what wine they serve at the posh Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences Governor’s Ball? I thought you might. Well it’s a ver special 2006 Gold Standard Rserve Chardonnary anda 2004 Red Carpet Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon blended by Sterling Vineyards especially for the event. Apt accompaniments to Wolfgang puck’s extraordinary dinner–which fyi will be served to about 1500 star-studded, designer draped guests. Actually was able to get a bottle of the Chard but it’s too precious to open at least for now. Now you know. PS: Napa Valley’s Sterling Vineyards wines are produced by Diageo Chateau & Estate Wines.
Well your dining diva does enjoy a good wine with her meals. And I recently discovered some nifty new varieties that I need to share. Take a sip of these;
A wonderful 2007 St. Supery Sauvignon Blanc, Napa Valley ($21.00) – This standard bearer of Sauvignon Blanc (the winery owns 10% of Napa Valley’s acreage planted to SB) offers a delicious vintage and example with crisp, bright, balanced acidity and a signature grapefruit aromas and flavors. It just leaps out of the glass. CEO Michaela Rodeno says it’s the best Sauvignon Blanc they’ve produced in recent years. Clos LaChance Winery is about to release some frsiky white wines from their estate vineyard on the Central Coast, including Estate Viognier and Estate Sauvignon. They also offer a popular and delicious un-oaked Chardonnay that is widely distributed. Let me know if you’d like to be added to those samplings.
2005 Chalone Estate Chardonnay ($25.00) – Made entirely from fruit grown at the estate vineyard, this Chardonnay is typical of the Chalone region. The acidity is firm and bright and the wine possesses a great deal of minerality from Chalone’s unique limestone site, making this an age-worthy Chardonnay. This wine is what Winemaker Robert Cook calls a white wine for red wine drinkers, with its rich flavors, distinctive minerality and crisp acidity it makes for a versatile white wine which will complement rich, robust dishes as well as light, simple dishes. 2005 Robert Skalli Chardonnay ($20.00) – Three Languedoc terroirs are featured in this wine: south, central and west. Each Languedoc terroir provides this wine with components that make it the fabulous wine it is. This Chardonnay is very well-balanced between the fruit, the crisp acidity and the creamy oak. It has an abundant of apple flavors and aromas and it has astonishing aromatic freshness, which makes it a perfect wine for summer sipping. 2004 Clos Poggiale Vermentino ($24.00) – This wine comes from vineyards on the east coast of Corsica where the sea and mountains come to together to help create a rare and stellar wine. The unique terroir provides this wine with aromas of candied fruit and wild flowers. Flavors of citrus fruit, citron and tangerine give this subtle wine a tang and depth that lead to a stunning finish. Tastes best as an aperitif with salty cheeses and green olives.
I just sampled a wine at a Santa Monica eatery named Violet from Jack Wines —a frivilous 2006 Grenache Rose with tasting notes of rose petals, liquorice, cloves and candied fruit that goes down well and costs only about $14 a bottl. the Napa Valley winery also bottles a fab 2006 100 % Pinot Noir, Merlot and a 2006 Malbec. Join Club Jack and get case discounts and more. www.JackWines.com.
Stay tuned I will be bringing more wonderful wines to taste.