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Douglas Fairbanks Chardonnay 2018
Paso Robles, California

The Three Musketeers (1921)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 @ 11:30 PM (ET)

Douglas Fairbanks leaps off the screen as d’Artagnan in this thrilling adaptation of Alexandre Dumas’ classic swashbuckler. Silent Hollywood’s preeminent actorproducer exhibits all the outsized charisma that made him a popular success, and with this adventure film he launched into a series of costume epics that dominated the box office. Our action-packed Chardonnay from sunny Paso Robles is an aromatic and flavorful tribute.

THE WINE

Famed for his athletic prowess, elaborate stunts, and relentless zest for life, Douglas Fairbanks swashbuckled his way into audiences’ affections during Hollywood’s silent golden age. Our tribute to the quintessential matinée idol is a luscious, action-packed Chardonnay from the sun-drenched vineyards of California’s premium Paso Robles region. Showing all the ripe-fruited charm of the excellent 2018 vintage, it overflows with fresh floral aromas and vibrant peach and apple flavors.

THE GRAPE

Wine enthusiasts and winemakers alike adore Chardonnay for its attractive, mouthfilling flavors and ability to grow well in a range of climates. It performs most majestically (and expensively) in the vineyards of Chablis and Côte d’Or in France’s storied Burgundy region, but it also thrives in California. Depending on the site (and the ambitions of the winemaker), it can be rich and buttery or refreshing and citrusy. As you’ll taste, this limited-edition exclusive showcases the latter style.

THE REGION

GI_grapes_chardonnayPaso Robles is California’s most exciting region for full-flavor, top-value wines (Wine Spectator’s Tim Fish calls it “one of California’s most dynamic regions”). Its grapes were once sent north to Napa to bulk up other (pricier!) wines. Today, thanks to a recent quality revolution, the fruit stays home. The region’s hot days, cool nights, and long growing season are ideal for cultivating red and white grapes.

WITH FOOD

chkn_breastgrillmarksWith its lush, orchard-fruit flavor, this Chardonnay will delight alongside savory white meats. Grilled or fried chicken, oven-roasted turkey, or herbed pork tenderloin will all be tasty pairings. And vegetarians shouldn’t feel left out. The wine’s fruit-driven palate makes it a lovely match for sweet potato casserole, butternut squash ravioli, pumpkin soup, and other rich, creamy dishes.

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