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.
 
 

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 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine

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, 1ppm.

Some of the Frey whites are bottled under harmless CO2 to keep out oxygen, so it is possible a tiny amount will have dissolved in the wine. When you open a bottle you may notice a slight fizz - give it a few minutes to aerate and this CO2 will evaporate. Some of their whites are also bottled either unfiltered or with only a very light filtration to preserve the natural goodness and flavours, so there could be some sediment or at cold temperatures a slight cloudiness to the wine. This is perfectly natural.

Frey Website

Further Information on Frey Organic Chardonnay 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £15.49



Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Gluten free
Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming

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Frey Organic Chardonnay 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine

Silver & Highly Recommended: 2016 Tastings.com World Wine Championships

Bronze: 2017 East Meets West Wine Competition

Bronze: 2017 San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition

Bronze: 2016 Harvest Challenge

"Our climate ripens Sauvignon Blanc grapes with hot days and cool nights, making wines that have tropical aromas of pineapple and passion fruit with a lemony finish and gentle acidity. The wine is bright and clear and excellent paired with spicy Coconut lemongrass soup, sushi or a Sunday brunch."

Some of the Frey whites are bottled under harmless CO2 to keep out oxygen, so it is possible a tiny amount will have dissolved in the wine. When you open a bottle you may notice a slight fizz - give it a few minutes to aerate and this CO2 will evaporate. Some of their whites are also bottled either unfiltered or with only a very light filtration to preserve the natural goodness and flavours, so there could be some sediment or at cold temperatures a slight cloudiness to the wine. This is perfectly natural.

Frey Website

Further Information on Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £13.49



Sulphite Content:
Awards:

TWWC
John's Rating

Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Gluten free
Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming

Quantity:  


Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

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.

Some of the Frey whites are bottled under harmless CO2 to keep out oxygen, so it is possible a tiny amount will have dissolved in the wine. When you open a bottle you may notice a slight fizz - give it a few minutes to aerate and this CO2 will evaporate. Some of their whites are also bottled either unfiltered or with only a very light filtration to preserve the natural goodness and flavours, so there could be some sediment or at cold temperatures a slight cloudiness to the wine. This is perfectly natural.

Frey Website

Further Information on Frey Organic Natural White - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £11.99



Sulphite Content:
John's Rating

Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Gluten free
Organic Certification
Vegan
Sustainable Farming

Quantity:  


Frey Organic Natural White - Sulphite free natural wine
 
 

Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine

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.

Some of the Frey whites are bottled under harmless CO2 to keep out oxygen, so it is possible a tiny amount will have dissolved in the wine. When you open a bottle you may notice a slight fizz - give it a few minutes to aerate and this CO2 will evaporate. Some of their whites are also bottled either unfiltered or with only a very light filtration to preserve the natural goodness and flavours, so there could be some sediment or at cold temperatures a slight cloudiness to the wine. This is perfectly natural.

Also note biodynamic wines are not adjusted in any way so reflect the vineyard and that particular vintage's weather patterns. Hence they are different every year, and even more "natural" in character than organic wines. This isn't to everybody's personal taste, so if you are used to mainstream wines you may be wiser to stick to organic or other sulphite free whites.

Frey Website

Further Information on Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine

Price: £19.99



Sulphite Content:
Awards:

AWSC
John's Rating

Free Sulphur
<5 mg/l
Bio Dynamic Wine
Gluten free
Vegan
Sustainable Farming

Quantity:  


Frey Biodynamic Chardonnay 2015 - Sulphite free natural wine