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#9 Hugh Chappelle – Quivira Vineyards “Wining and Dining with Jim White Podcast April 4, 2016

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Dry Creek winemaker combines science and art

Old Vine Zins at Quivira

Old Vine Zins at Quivira

This week on the program meet Hugh Chappelle, winemaker for Quivira Vineyards in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley.  Hugh’s a scientist who turned winemaker and he is definitely having more fun.  He makes a helluva Zinfandel, Grenache, Sauvignon Blanc, and more, which we’ll taste and discuss on the program.  To the native Americans Quivira meant “land of gold and riches”.  They knew what they were talking about.  Stay with us and you’ll see what we mean, and also Hugh gives us the best description of why all wines should be produced  biodynamically or organically.  It’ll change your thinking on

Biodynamics in action at Quivira

Biodynamics in action at Quivira

which wines to buy.  Headed to Healdsburg?  Quivira has a great tasting room and visitors’ program.  See biodynamics in action.  Hugh also recommends some great restaurants in the area where you can pair the food with delicious wines from Quivira Vineyards.  Cheers!

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All the grapes consumed in this program were harvested and produced humanely.

Remember:  If anybody asks you what you’re making for dinner.  Tell ’em reservations!

Wine of the Week: Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009 April 6, 2011

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Centennial is a proud participant of a unique social movement known as “Fair Trade.” The intent of this socially and environmentally responsible movement is to benefit producers and workers in developing countries by promoting sales of a wide variety of products that directly impact the economic well-being of small and underdeveloped communities. Through Fair Trade, “Step by Step” directly improves the quality of life for the strong, honest and proud vineyard workers, their families, and their communities. The Fair Trade Certified™ program directly supports a better life for farming families in the developing world through fair prices, community development and environmental stewardship. What better way is there to participate in a humanitarian and environmentally responsible effort than by enjoying a glass of wine that is Fair Trade Certified?

Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc is Fair Trade Certified™ from grapes sourced from 15-year-old vines planted in clay loam soils.  The grapes were hand harvested at peek ripeness then cold fermented in stainless steel tanks to maintain the bright fruit flavors. Minimal aging on the lees softened and rounded out the wine unveiling a mix of fresh grapefruit and lime aromas with tropical fruit on the palate, brilliant acidity and a delightfully, lingering finish.  The combination of vineyard location and age, trellis system, and Fair Trade Certified™ make this wine one of the best examples Chile has to offer.”  Excerpt organicwinetradecompany.com

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Step by Step Sauvignon Blanc 2009
Available at Almost All Centennial Store Locations
Sale Price $9.99.  Retail $10.99. Save $1.00

Wine of the Week: Twin Flags Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009 February 24, 2011

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One of the little known facts about Sauvignon Blanc is that it is considered to be the “mother” grape varietal of Cabernet Sauvignon. The cross between Cabernet Franc and Sauvignon Blanc produced one of the world’s most popular grape varietals – Cabernet Sauvignon. The flavor profile of Sauvignon Blanc greatly varies depending on the environment in which it is grown. Grown in New Zealand it can have very distinctive notes of grapefruit, citrus and gooseberries. In Sancerre or Pouilly-Fume it can take on notes of lemon zest, green apples and melon with a mineral-like component.  The one thing to remember is that Sauvignon Blanc (wherever grown) is almost always a safe bet as a refreshing wine.

Surprisingly, Twin Flags Sauvignon Blanc 2009 is nearly the antithesis of stereotypical Kiwi Sauvignon.  This wine offers up a ripe pineapple and tangerine entry, followed by a mid-palate of white peach and lime. The finish is true to the varietal with mouthwatering acidity propped up by an intriguing white pepper component. Graciously absent from this well crafted endeavor are the overly pungent gooseberry and under ripe grapefruit notes that prevail in so many wines in this category today. This is versatile enough to stand alone as an aperitif or alongside an array of foods.

Special Offering:
Twin Flags Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2009

Available at Almost All Centennial and Big Daddy’s Locations

Sale Price $14.99.  Retail $16.99. Save $2.00

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