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2015 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay

Columbia-Crest-Grand-Estates-Unoaked-Chardonnay

Spring temperatures in Eastern Washington started off relatively cool but rose quickly, and the region soon settled in to a more typical weather pattern. Summer was predictably warm, without any prolonged excessive heat events, with temperatures rarely breaking 100° Fahrenheit. Late summer and early fall brought on slightly cooler daytime highs and a significant diurnal shift, a pattern that continued well into October. A few sporadic rain showers in mid-to-late October were quickly dissipated by persistent winds and had no effect on the harvest.

Overall the 2012 harvest was outstanding; the white wines are flavorful with beautiful natural acidity.

From the winemaker – “The Grand Estates Unoaked Chardonnay is a light-bodied wine that reveals a pure expression of the varietal. The wine displays aromas of lemon seed, green mangoes and orange blossoms. On the palate, layers of citrus fruit flavors combine with lively acidity, creating a refreshing style of Chardonnay.”

Great with green salads, cheeses, fish with citrus.

Rating:

This wine was given a 87 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 Bramito Chardonnay

Bramito-ChardonnayThe 2014 vintage was characterized by a mild winter with temperatures above normal seasonal averages and by abundant precipitation as well.

From the Wine Maker – “A brilliant yellow in color with greenish highlights, the wine shows fresh and complex aromas with delicate notes of tropical fruit such as pineapple and of citrus fruit, hazelnut butter, and vanilla. It is a wine of good structure, elegance, and a mineral character perceptible in its vibrant and balanced  acidity, well fused with the notes of fruit.”

Serve with starters, finger foods, antipastos, fish-based dishes, seafood and chicken.

Rating:

This wine was given a 91 point rating by Wine Spectator.

 

2014 William Hill North Coast Sauvignon Blanc

william-hill-north-coast-sauvignon-blancWith roots deeply anchored in the Napa Valley, William Hill Estate crafts luxury Chardonnay and Bordeaux varietal wines from the undiscovered vineyards of California’s most celebrated regions. Beginning with William Hill Estate’s 140-acre benchland vineyard near the Silverado Trail, Winemaker Mark Williams turns to the hidden corners of southern Nap

From the winemaker – “Our 2014 William Hill Estate North Coast Sauvignon Blanc offers nuances of ripe citrus fruits, including Meyer lemon, ruby grapefruit and exotic Kaffir lime. These flavors meld with rich notes of guava, melon and a touch of pineapple. A full, round mouthfeel leads the way to a refreshingly crisp finish.

Rating:

This wine has not been rated.

 

2014 Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay

Chateau-Ste.-Michelle-Columbia-Valley-ChardonnayFrom the winemaker – “My goal with the Columbia Valley Chardonnay is to make it a pleasurable, food-friendly wine. This is a fresh, soft style of Chardonnay with bright apple and sweet citrus fruit character with subtle spice and oak nuances.”

Chateau Dungeness Crab Cakes

Yield: Makes 24
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

INGREDIENTS
1 lb. Fresh Dungeness Crab, pick through to remove bits of shell, and squeeze the liquid out 2 Tbs. fine diced apple 2 Tbs. fine diced red pepper, squeeze to remove liquid 2 Tbs. fine diced yellow pepper, squeeze to remove liquid 3 Tbs. minced red onion ¼ c. mayonnaise ¾ c. plus 2 Tbs. bread crumbs 1 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon 3 Tbs. vegetable oil Washington apple slaw, recipe follows.
INSTRUCTIONS
Mix the first five ingredients in a small bowl.  Add chopped tarragon and mayonnaise, mixing until completely incorporated.  Add ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons of bread crumbs and mix thoroughly.  If the mixture doesn’t hold it’s shape, add a little more mayonnaise.  Divide into 24 equal portions and form into patties.  Chill for at least 30 minutes, then coat with remaining bread crumbs.

Heat a non-stick saute pan over medium heat, add oil, and place the crab cakes in the pan.  Cook until golden brown on each side, about 3-4 minutes.  Remove from the pan and place on heated serving plate.  Top each crab cake with some of the Washington apple slaw to serve.

Rating:

This wine was given a 86 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2014 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $12.99 a bottle, $70.15 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $124.71 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#17670

2014 Santa Cristina Pinot Grigio

100 % Pinot Grigio from Sicilia, Made from the Pinot Grigio grape variety which expresses its multifaceted character in different areas of Italy. Fruity aromas of peaches and ripe apples dominate the nose of this wine. On the palate it offers a balanced flavour, lively and enjoyable thanks to the pleasant acidity.

From the Wine Maker – Straw yellow in color, the aromas, intense and ample, recall yellow fruit, white flowers, and orange blossoms. Full in flavor and soft and savory, the finish and aftertaste recall the fruit first felt on the nose.”

Serve with starters, finger foods, antipastos, fish-based dishes, seafood and chicken.

Rating:

This wine was given a 86 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2014 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $14.99 a bottle, on sale for $12.99 a bottle 11/07/2012 to 01/02/2014. SKU#25133

2011 Anthony Road Semi Sweet Riesling

anthony-road-semi-sweet-rieslingThis delicious halbtrocken-style Riesling has a fresh, lemony fruit scent and flavors that are supple and generous, with driving, energetic acidity that will stand up to something spicy.

From the Wine Maker – Aromas of pineapple & honey-crisp apple with notes of white peach & lemon tart on the palate. Great with appetizers or all by itself!

Enjoy with lightly herbed chicken or fish.

Rating:

This wine was previously given a 88 point rating by Wine Spectator.

Availability:

2011 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $10.99 a bottle, $59.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $105.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#26259

2013 Martin Ray Chardonnay

Martin-Ray-ChardonnayWe picked the grapes at the peak of ripeness between September 8th and October 14th. We gently pressed the fruit, cold-settled the juice for two days, and then racked it to French oak barrels and stainless steel tanks. We then fermented it using indigenous yeast. The wine has a moderate oak influence – it underwent full malolactic fermentation, which added a rich, creamy mouthfeel, yet maintained some of the more delicate floral aromas.

From the Wine Maker – “Perfectly balanced aromas of baked apple, creamy vanilla yogurt, citrus, tropical toasted coconut and floral notes delight the nose and continue as flavors in the juicy, round mouth.”

Pair this rich, refreshing Chardonnay with light fish dishes, a variety of salads and mild cheeses.

Rating:

This wine was given a 90 rating by Wine Enthusiast.

Availability:

2013 vintage in a 750 ml – Standard Bottle is currently in stock at Byram and Hackettstown for $20.99 a bottle, $113.35 a 1/2 case with a 10% half case discount, and $201.51 a case with a 20% full case discount. SKU#31890


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