Wine for Events: Week 7


2015 Hendry Albariño

WINE: The Hendry has been farming the same vineyard in Napa since 1939. Having beein in one location for that long, the family has a deep understanding and connection the site's terroir and micro climates. The Hendry Ranch is home to 11 different varietals, including unique varietals to Napa such as Malbec, Pinot Gris, and this lovely Albariño. All their wines are made only from their own vineyard. 

PLACE: These vines are located on the family's 203 acre property, just west of the town of Napa. Here, the morning fog and afternoon breezes from the San Pablo Bay moderate the climate, creating a transitional climate zone between the cooler Carneros region and the warmer northern reaches of the Napa Valley.  The Albariño grape originally comes from Galicia, in Northwest Spain.  

PAIRING: You will find the classic floral notes of peach blosson and herbs on the nose. The palate follows with orange zest, kiwki and a punch of refreshing acidity.  This wine would pair beautifully with a richer white fish or a roasted chicken with lemon. 

TAKEAWAY: It's not often you will find Spanish varietals grown in Napa; this is a beautiful expression of California Albariño and at a very reasonable price!

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What Are You Tasting: 2012 Vietti Perbacco Nebbiolo

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Vietti winery dates back to the 19th Century but didn't start making its own wine until 1919. Vietti is now considered one of the top producers in Piemonte. Alfredo Currado was one of the first producers to start making single vineyard wines. He is also considered the “father of Arneis” as he resurrected the grape from extinction in the 1960's. This grape is now widely produced and enjoyed. Each Vietti wine has its own unique label created by an artist.


This 100% Nebbiolo comes from Langhe, a subregion of Piedmont in North Western Italy. This wine is actually from vineyards planted in the famed region of Barolo, which has very strict aging requirements to be called “Barolo”. Vietti’s Nebbiolo Perbacco was released a couple years earlier to allow for an easier drinking wine. 


This wine shows classic notes of dried rose petals and mushroom alongside fennel, sandalwood, dill and tart cherries. This is a serious wine with strong tannic structure, so we recommend some food. The wine would pair well with most meats, but we particularly love it with pepperoni pizza. 


Although this wine is structured, it is still very approachable compared to Barolo. It's a “baby Barolo” you might say, for those nights you just aren’t quite up for the biggest of guns. 


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