What wines have you been drinking lately? I am all about winter whites these days; they pair well with some of the fun spicy veggie dishes I have been experimenting with and it can be downright refreshing to have a cool glass in front of the fire.
This bottle of 2012 Golden Slope Chardonnay by Liquid Farm, given to us by a friend, is one of those whites that we opened recently and noted we would buy again.
Liquid Farm is a pretty cool winery with an interesting philosophy and story behind their winemaking. Their preferences laid outside of what they were finding in California wine, so they decided to make their own:
Before Liquid Farm, our glasses were often filled with old world wine. We preferred the lower alcohol, cooler climate, and more earth-driven characteristics of European wines to their more so often ripe, fruit-focused, more alcoholic Californian counterparts.
As we believe, the first bottle to disappear at your the table is really the best wine for you – period. And, for us, when we tried to support California, there was typically wine left in the bottle the next day while the old world bottles, not a drop in them, would be lined up like proud dead soldiers.
We were eating local, supporting mom and pop restaurants and farmers markets – it was time to make wine in a style we craved from our own backyard.
This Golden Slope Chardonnay is delicious. It’s weighty enough for this time of year, a little spicy and smoky, with notes of honey and lemon meringue, round yet still bright and with enough acidity to balance it all out and to pair with food. You know I love Chardonnay of all types, and this one’s elegance and surprising layers of flavor make it a new favorite. I think a wine trip to Santa Ynez is in order.