Sean Thackrey – Pleiades XXVII. The chefs special!

This is one of the most interesting reds I've tasted! An experimental, non-vintage blend from unorthodox California winemaker Sean Thackrey.This example is the 27th release of what Thackrey describes as the "Chefs Special". Never standing still, The Pleiades is an ever changing blend of varieties sourced from growers throughout Napa Valley, Marin County and Mendocino.This … Continue reading Sean Thackrey – Pleiades XXVII. The chefs special!

A golden state shiner! FEL – Anderson Valley, Chardonnay (2017)

This was recommended to me by an independent wine merchant in the Castro district of San Francisco. I was originally looking for a big, traditional Californian Chardonnay but was intrigued by what was described as a more mid-palate example of the variety.100% Chardonnay from the Anderson Valley region, this is a zippy wine with plenty … Continue reading A golden state shiner! FEL – Anderson Valley, Chardonnay (2017)

Bread & Butter Chardonnay (2016) – An upside down cake, flipped on its head!

My recent wine exploration has lead me to re-discover the complexity of characteristics that can be held within a bold, oaked Chardonnay. This particular Chardonnay was introduced to me during my WSET level 2 course, and I was not disappointed! Produced in Napa Valley, California, well known for wines of character and expression, the Bread … Continue reading Bread & Butter Chardonnay (2016) – An upside down cake, flipped on its head!

Festive Reds! DeLoach – Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015)

DeLoach - Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015) In this instalment of my festive reds were heading across the pond for a Californian Zinfandel. I picked up a few of these earlier in the year, and with this being the last bottle from my cellar it has been a firm favourite. On sight, this wine presents a … Continue reading Festive Reds! DeLoach – Heritage Reserve Zinfandel (2015)