It is now just over a week until we can enter a restaurant and enjoy some food and wine. It has been a long time coming and hopefully there will be no more lockdowns to come. We like to think that we have used the time productively, adding many wines to our range to enhance our offering.
This month we introduce Scheid Family Vineyards and their excellent range of wines from Monterey, California. These are well made, elegant wines which might change your perception of Californian wines. The wines are available in the shop or online at https://talkingwines.co.uk/
We wish you all well and hope you will be in touch soon.
Simon and the Talking Wines Team
California has a rich wine history and accounts for over 80% of US wine production. With a strong food and wine culture and ideal climate, California produces some outstanding wines.
To the north of San Francisco are the Napa Valley and Somona Coast. Inland to the East is Lodi where Zinfandel is king. To the south lies Monterey, a cool climate area heavily influenced by the coast. Running south from Monterey Bay is the Salinas River Valley.
With the Gabilan Mountains to the east and the Santa Lucia Mountains to the west the Salinas Valley has a cool climate influenced by Monterey Bay. Under these waters lies the Monterey Canyon, a deep submarine canyon as large as the Grand Canyon. This brings cold ocean water to the surface cooling the air. The climate lengthens the ripening season for the grapes, developing more flavour.
In Monterey we work with Scheid family vineyards across three ranges. Their District 7 Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon offer remarkable value for California. The wines are a great blend of power and finesse with just a touch of oak to add complexity.
Ranch 32 is one of the Scheid vineyards in Greensfield located in the Salinas Valley. Ranch 32 Chardonnay has aromas of apple, citrus and tropical fruit, with a touch of caramel and flavours of butterscotch, creamy oak and mineral. The Pinot Noir has lovely weight with cherry, raspberry and savoury notes. It is velvety smooth with subtle oak on the long finish.
Metz Road Pinot Noir comes from the Scheid family Riverview vineyard overlooking the windy Salinas Valley in Monterey. A full and rich Pinot Noir with pure fruit flavours of cherry and raspberry. Smooth with subtle oak and ripe fruit on the long finish.
Scheid share our environmental and sustainability values, with wind powering their winery and taking care of the soil and surrounding environment. Their principles are reflected in the quality of their wines and we would love to share them with you.
New Wines for May
Ranch 32 Chardonnay, Monterey, California £17.99
Ranch 32 Pinot Noir, Monterey, California £17.99
Metz Road Pinot Noir, Monterey, California £21.99
Wild House Chenin Blanc, Western Cape, South Africa £8.99
Wild House Shiraz, Western Cape, South Africa £8.99
Angeles de Amaren Rioja, Spain £26.00
Rasteau Domaine La Font de Notre Dame, Rhone, France £14.99
Adobe Organic Rose, Chile £9.50