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The Creamery Chardonnay 2016
Santa Lucia Highlands, California

An Affair to Remember (1957)
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One of Hollywood’s most beloved romances is this Cary Grant-Deborah Kerr drama from 20th Century Fox, a widescreen remake of the director’s 1939 film Love Affair. Grant and Kerr’s sophistication and sentimentality are brilliantly echoed in The Creamery’s notes of ripe apricot and soft honeysuckle. Grab a glass of this rich Chardonnay – and some tissues – for an unforgettable romantic adventure.

THE WINE

With a name like The Creamery, it should come as no surprise that this is a deliciously full-bodied, lusciously rich Chardonnay. It hails from California’s premium Santa Lucia Highlands and the exceptional 2016 vintage, which critic Jeb Dunnuck calls “another terrific year for ... California in general.” Light barrel aging (combined with the secondary, malolactic fermentation) imparts the creamy-smooth texture and adds hints of honey, toast, and vanilla biscuit to the vibrant apricot and peach flavors. A tasty match for creamy pastas, soft cheeses, and more.

THE REGION

The Santa Lucia Highlands is one of California’s premier cool-climate wine growing districts, and “produces a stack load of brilliant Chardonnays,” writes The Wine Advocate. Here, mountainside vineyards (as high as 1,200 feet above sea level) provide grapes with the bright sunshine they need to ripen fully, while the nearby Monterey Bay sends in cooling fog and sea breezes that lock in freshness. You’ll taste both qualities in The Creamery.

THE GRAPE

GI_grapes_chard_JvineyardsChardonnay is the world’s most popular white grape, due to 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 Burgundy, but it also thrives in California. Depending on the site (and the ambitions of the winemaker), it can be refreshing and citrusy or rich and buttery, like The Creamery.

WITH FOOD

ital_ravioli_whiteFull-bodied, rich, and wellbalanced – The Creamery is incredibly foodfriendly. We love it with creamy pastas, which can make for an easy and elegant meal when you’ve got company coming. Try a simple pasta alfredo (toss cooked shells with Boursin cheese, fresh peas, and crispy pancetta). And cheese lovers: this wine’s calling out for a few slices of Brie!

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