What We’re Drinking: 4th July – Independence Day

Happy 4th July to all our American friends! In celebration of Independence Day, we would like to share some of our favourite American wines with you!


Sandhi Santa Barbara Chardonnay, California 2016                                                                     

If you think all Californian Chardonnays are the same, then you haven’t tried Sandhi. It’s so well balanced that the crisp lemon and peach fruit flows effortlessly into the gently toasted, rounded palate without ever losing the pitch-perfect acidity. The wines of Sandhi have certainly been an eye-opener for us. One for anyone who loves Burgundy, anyone who loves Chardonnay and anyone who loves wine.


Folk Machine Valdiguie, Redwood Hills. Mendocino, California 2017

A variety originally from South West France which has found quite the following in California in recent times, where it is often called Napa Gamay. It’s not related to the Beaujolais variety, but there are some similarities. In fact, it’s probably best described and somewhere between Gamay and Trousseau. Bright acidity and crunchy red fruit such as cranberry and redcurrant, with a fine, tannic grip. Worth seeking out.


Cruise Wine Co. ‘Monkey Jacket’ North coast, California 2017

You wait all your life for a Valdiguie, and then two come along at once. This time it’s a blend, and a fascinating one at that. With Tannat, Carignan, Mondeuse and Alicante Bouschet among several others. The result is a wine at once fruity and savoury, with cherry, pomegranate and blackcurrant fruit, followed by a long, dry spicy finish.


Domaine de la Cote ‘La Cote’ Pinot Noir, Santa Rita Hills, California 2014

This fragrant, perfumed and utterly seductive wine sets a new benchmark for Californian Pinot. A combination of sweet berry, citrus, tea and wood on the nose, a palate of pure silk and a finish to make you swoon. Worth every penny.


Happy Drinking!