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Holiday Food and Wine Pairings

December 11, 2017

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Holiday Food & Wine Pairings

The holidays are a truly special time for gathering. Whether it’s around a holiday table over a lovely meal or just an hour shared between a few friends, the magic of eating, drinking, and being with those you hold most dear is one of the best times of the year. But he holidays can also sometimes be a stressful time for hosts wanting to pair the perfect wine with the meal they’re sharing with loved ones. Luckily, we’ve got you covered with a simple guide to pairing the perfect foods with our Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Doña Martina Chardonnay

A reflection of the rugged location of our originally farmed, low-yield vineyard, this Chardonnay is an expression of its place: lean and crisp with resilient character. Sitting on gross lees until bottling, at which point it’s bottled unfined and unfiltered.

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Reserva Chardonnay

Our Reserva is a stylistically lush expression of Chardonnay from our organically farmed, low yield vineyard: aged 11 months sur lie entirely in French oak, rich in texture and layered with deep, robust flavors.

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Pair our Chardonnays with:

Our Favorite Crab Cakes to Pair with Chardonnay

(recipe from Mark Bittman, New York Times)



2012 Native9 Pinot Noir

This vintage was 100% whole cluster fermented with each clone separately aged for 21 months in 20% new French Oak. In its youth, the wine from this vintage appears to be highly aromatic and nuanced with added structure for long-term aging of 10 years or more. The delicate, old world nature of Pinot Noir shines through with classic character as if it were a wine from the Southern AOCs of Burgundy.

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2013 Native9 Pinot Noir

The 2013 Pinot Noir is the third in a string of California vintages that paired high quality with strong yields. A bit riper than the 2012, the 2013 had a harvest brix ranging from 23.9-24.4. As usual, it’s 100% whole cluster fermented from all 8 clones from Rancho Ontiveros. Due to the riper nature of this wine, we extended the barrel age to almost three years. With more of a high gloss than a matte finish, and leaning towards darker fruit rather than red fruit, the 2013 Pinot Noir has freshness and acidity paired with the plush mouthfeel usually associated with bigger, higher alcohol wines.

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Pair our Native9 Pinot Noir with:

Seared Mushrooms with Garlic & Thyme Paired With Pinot Noir

(recipe from Bon Appetit)



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