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.

Stonehedge Website



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Price: £14.50


Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

91 Points




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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 2012 - Sulphite free natural wine

Silver, "Best Buy," 2013 BTI World Wine Championships

Bronze: 2013 San Francisco International Wine Competition

Bronze: 2013 Orange County Commercial Wine Competition

This Chardonnay has developed beautifully in bottle. We tasted a bottle on July 12th 2015 and the wine was delicious. Deep gold in colour with strong flavours of fruit and a buttery finish.

Please note the 2mg/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

Further Information on Frey Organic Chardonnay 2012 - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £15.49


Sulphite Content:
Free Sulphur
(at bottling)
2 mg/l
Awards:

BTI
John's Rating

Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Frey Organic Chardonnay 2012 - Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

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

Further Information on Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £13.49


Sulphite Content:
Free Sulphur
(at bottling)
4 mg/l
John's Rating

Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2014 - Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Frey Organic Natural White - Sulphite free natural wine

Eco Wine Challenge Silver Medal.

A blend of Chenin Blanc and Chardonnay. Pale gold in colour with green tints. As natural yeasts are used the nose is quite subdued - this is completely normal for natural wine. (The familiar big nose and concentrated aromas we are used to from manufactured wines is a result of selecting specific yeasts, as each different yeast will bestow different characteristics on a wine). On the palate there are flavours of pears, limes and gooseberry, with a creamy texture. It's very clean on the fresh, dry finish. This is a great tasty natural wine, ideal for every day drinking.

We've only had the wine for a week but we've been sent feedback already....Hi, my wife suffers from a sulphite intolerance, but she is over the moon after trying one of your sulphite free white wines - so much so that we have just placed another order. Also we are very impressed with your fast delivery, many thanks and I am sure will be placing many more orders, regards, L and H

Frey Website

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Price: £11.99


Sulphite Content:
Awards:

Eco
John's Rating

Free Sulphur (Current)
1 mg/l
Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Frey Organic Natural White - Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2013 - Sulphite free natural wine

Best Buy: Wine Enthusiast Magazine, 2015

New vintage just arrived. Frey's tasting notes say:

"In the glass, our Biodynamic Chardonnay has an opalescent straw hue and evocative honey nose. Tropical notes of guava and papaya lead to moderate toast and a butterscotch finish. Pair with soft-ripened cheeses or grilled wild-caught salmon."

Frey Website

Further Information on Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2013 - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £19.00


Sulphite Content:
Awards:

SFWA
John's Rating

90 Points
Free Sulphur (Current)
1 mg/l
Bio Dynamic Wine
Vegan
Sustainable Farming




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Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2013 - Sulphite free natural wine