Winners Announced for Monticello Cup Wine Competition – WVIR … – NBC 29 News


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Winners Announced for Monticello Cup Wine Competition - WVIR ...
NBC 29 News
Twenty-two wineries from the Monticello Wine Trail competed in the 2018 Monticello Cup Wine Competition, a friendly competition among wineries in the Monticello American Viticultural Area.
Local wineries collect gold medals in Monticello Cup Wine ...The Daily Progress

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Wine marketers share secrets for labels that effectively blend digital and sensory worlds – North Bay Business Journal


North Bay Business Journal

Wine marketers share secrets for labels that effectively blend digital and sensory worlds
North Bay Business Journal
The role of wine labels in selling wine has increased significantly over the past three decades. “In the '70s and '80s, not a very designed label would not off-put a person, if they were looking for a specific type of wine,” said Paul Tincknell of ...

‘Kickoff to wine season’: Cayuga Wine Trail’s 26th Wine & Herb Festival has strong weekend – Auburn Citizen


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'Kickoff to wine season': Cayuga Wine Trail's 26th Wine & Herb Festival has strong weekend
Auburn Citizen
Wine tasting was abundant along nearly 80 miles of Cayuga Lake over the weekend as 14 local wineries participated in Cayuga Lake Wine Trail's 26th Annual Wine & Herb Festival. Each of the participating wineries highlighted a vegetable or an herb that ...

Hess Collection Chardonnay, Oak, and Texture

Anyone who knows me is aware I am a fan of oaky white wines. So it shouldn’t come as a surprise that at a recent lunch I was invited to I fell hard for the Hess Collection Chardonnay (2016).

Hess Collection Chardonnay 2016

Joining a small group of scribes at this meal was Nicole Carter, the chief marketing officer and director of winemaking for The Hess Collection. (Now that’s a busy person.) One thing she said about Chardonnay, and Napa Valley wines made from this grape in particular, struck me. “You have to deliver that texture,” said Carter.

I couldn’t agree more. The texture you get from oak is what makes most Chardonnay special. And though the Hess Collection Chardonnay spends nine months in oak, only 19% of the barrels are new. You do get a touch of luxurious toastiness. The real pilot of the ship, however, is the used oak delivering alluring texture.

Let’s talk about price. For $22, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single vineyard Chardonnay from Napa Valley with this kind of deft oak treatment. I am not sure what could hold a candle to it. This would be a great glass pour option for a restaurant.

Let’s take a look at the vineyard where it comes from, Su’skol:

Hess Collection Chardonnay, Oak, and Texture

What would it take to get you to love oak and Chardonnay again? Or just like it?

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