Californian White Wines

The Californian white 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 white wines is to look for vineyards which are cooled by the sea. We've sourced some great Californian white 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.


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  1. Frey Organic Viognier sulphite free wine

    A new wine for us this year.

    Frey's notes state:

    Succulent flavors of Asian pear and custard apple lead to a creamy mouthfeel in our richly textured, gold-medal winning Viognier.  Its fresh and lively character pairs well with a soft-ripened cheese plate or Creole-spiced prawns.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis, 10ppm.

    GOLD & “Exceptional:” 2018 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
    Bronze: 2018 International Women's Wine Competition
    "Good," 2019 Wine Enthusiast Magazine

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  2. Frey Organic Agriculturist White sulphite free wine

    The first year for this new release. A white blend, Frey's notes state:

    A honeysuckle nose delights with refreshing tropical fruit flavors, nuanced by starfruit and lychee. Gather around the picnic blanket or fire pit and enjoy this cheerful, versatile blend.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £13.99
  3. Frey Chardonnay sulphite free wine

    The ever popular lightly wooded Chardonnay. An ideal summer drink or pair it with white meats, salads or smoked duck.

    Frey's notes state:

    Our Chardonnay is stainless steel fermented and exposed to minimal oak. It is fruity with bright hints of apple, pear and caramel. Enjoy with Pumpkin Risotto, Honey glazed Carrots or Scalloped Potatoes.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis: 0ppm.
     
    Silver & “Best Buy:” 2019 Tastings.com World Wine Championships
    Bronze: 2019 San Francisco International Wine Competition

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £16.99
  4. Frey Organic Natural White sulphite free wine

    This is a great introduction to sulphite free whites and to Frey's wines of course. It's got bags of flavour and a slightly nutty dry finish. Equally lovely on it's own or with some food.

    Frey's notes state

    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.

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £12.50
  5. Frey Organic Sauvignon Blanc sulphite free wine

    Frey's notes state

    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.  This wine is bright and clear and is excellent with spicy coconut lemongrass soup, sushi, or a Sunday brunch.

    Total sulfite, naturally occurring: TTB analysis: 5ppm.
     
    Silver: 2020 West Coast Wine Competition (East Meets West)
    "Good," 2020 Wine Enthusiast Magazine
    Bronze, & "Recommended," 2020 Beverage Testing Inst., World Wine Championships

    Free sulphur: 0

    Sustainable farming: Yes

    Gluten free: Yes

    Vegan: Yes

    Sulphite level: Sulphite Free

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    £14.99

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