Californian White Wines

The Californian wine industry is huge, with vast tracts of land under vine, the equivalent of driving from Manchester to London and seeing nothing but vines! They make some truly stunning wines but struggle against an image dominated by cheap factory produced brands. The immense Central Valley is a mass producer of mediocre grapes, trapped inland between two mountain ranges, too hot, where the grapes ripen too quickly. The secret to finding good Californian wines is to look for vineyards which are cooled by the sea. We've sourced some great wines, in particular The R H Phillips range are exceptional and highly recommended.
 
 

Stonehedge Chardonnay 2012 75cl

Stonehedge is a small family winery in Napa producing some excellent handcrafted wines.

A lovely fresh Chardonnay with citrus flavours beautifully balanced by subtle oak.

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Stonehedge Chardonnay 2012 75cl
 
 

Frey Winery

Frey Winery is the USA's first certified organic winery and also the USA's first certified biodynamic producer, located in Redwood Valley, Medocina County in California. They have been producing sulphite free, natural organic wines for 30 years. For a wine to be certified "organic" in the USA no sulphites are permitted to be added to the wine.

Frey is not only the USA's largest organic winery but also reputedly the largest family winery employing three generations of family - 27 members! It was founded by Paul (Senior) and his wife Beba when they moved to California from New York searching for a more natural existence, when they bought a ranch in Redwood Valley. They planted their first vines in the late 1960s and sold the grapes onto other wineries. They had 12 children who they brought up to love and respect nature. The winery itself was born when in 1979 a wine produced from their Cabernet grapes won a gold medal. Two of the sons realised they had the potential to make these wines themselves.

The winery now has a vast array of awards for it's wines. It is operated by an extended family of nature lovers with sustainable agricultural practices, with a firm focus on producing quality natural healthy wines. They farm biodynamically, keep several colonies of honey bees, encourage all natural life to flourish on the vineyard - in fact only 10% of their ranch is vines, the other 90% is native forest. They use solar power where possible, and fiercely reject any chemical intervention or use of toxins and genetically modified organisms.

 
 

Frey Organic Chardonnay 2014 - Sulphite free natural wine

Silver: 2016 New York International Wine Competition

Frey's website states:

Our Chardonnay is stainless steel fermented and exposed to minimal oak. It is fruity and bright with hints of apple, pear, and caramel. Enjoy with pumpkin risotto, honey-glazed carrots, or scalloped potatoes.

Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0ppm.

Silver: 2016 New York International Wine Competition

Frey Website

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Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - Sulphite free natural wine

Just had 2014 arrive: the 2013 vintage was awarded:

Silver, "Best Buy," 2014 BTI World Wine Championships

Silver: 2013 Mendocino County Wine Competition

"The cool spring and late summer heat helps to produce a wine that is smooth and balanced with flavors of melon and citrus and a crisp, acidic finish."

I agree, this vintage is the best yet from Frey. This is the closest I've discovered to mainstream wine in style. Full of fruit, crisp and fresh.

Please note the 4mg/l sulphites in this wine are all naturally occurring (not synthetic chemicals) and are completely harmless even to people with a severe sulphite allergy.

Frey Website

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Frey Organic Natural White - Sulphite free natural wine

Frey's website states:

A bright and crisp dry white wine filled with pleasant flavors of ripe melons and pear. This excellent wine is a pleasure to both purse and palate.

Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 0ppm.

Frey Website

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Price: £11.99




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Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2014 - Sulphite free natural wine

Bronze: 2016 Grand Harvest Award, Sonoma County, California

Bronze: 2015 American Wine Society Commercial Wine Competition

Very Good, Strong Recommendation: 2016 Ultimate Wine Challenge, NY

Frey's website states:

Fresh and lively, our Chardonnay is layered with Bartlett pear, toasted brioche and lemon chiffon. A touch of vanilla from French oak graces the finish. Pair with soft-ripened cheeses or grilled wild-caught salmon.

Total sulfite, naturally occurring: BATF analysis, 0ppm.

Frey Website

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Price: £19.00




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Gluten free
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Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2014 - Sulphite free natural wine