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The Creamery Chardonnay
Santa Barbara County, 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 Barbara County and the 2017 vintage, which the editors at Wine Enthusiast call “excellent.” 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

Santa Barbara County has a much longer farming and ranching history than it does winemaking – the region’s earliest vines were planted in the 1960s. But grapes really thrive here – moderate temperatures and cooling Pacific breezes (funneled in by the region’s unique east-to-west valleys) result in a longer hang time and the development of intense flavors. This extended time on the vine creates serious depth and complexity, as you’ll soon taste.

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

chee_brie_whitewineFull-bodied, rich, and wellbalanced – The Creamery is incredibly food-friendly. 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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