And in this latest chapter of Sacramento region wine landing some prominent press, the latest issue of Wine Spectator magazine is now on newsstands and includes some local flavor. Its feature titled “Editor’s Picks 2014” runs down some hidden gems of the wine world, including those from France, Australia, Argentina - and right in our own backyard.
MaryAnn Worobiec, Wine Spectator’s senior editor and tasting coordinator, authors an “editor’s picks” section dedicated to “Reds from the Sierra Foothills.” She described the area as “an exciting hub of red wine production in the past few years,” with a particular affinity for Rhone-styled reds. Her picks come from a wide swath of the Sierra Foothills including Pruett Vineyard of Placer County, which earned nods for its 2011 Sierra Foothills Championship Cuvee, 2010 Sierra Foothills Taylor’s Reserve Syrah and 2011 Sierra Foothills Lucky Lauren Red.
Representing Amador County are Keplinger (for two bottlings of well-structured red blends), while Prospect 772 of Angel’s Camp was cherry picked for its grenache-based 2010 The Brat. Two Napa wineries which source its grapes from the Sierra Foothills were also noted: Favia and Gallica.
Worobiec also pens a section dedicated to “California’s Refined Chenin Blanc,” a varietal that’s a staple of the Sacramento area, especially Clarksburg. While a Sacramento-specific winery isn’t mentioned on the list, two of the picks sourced its grapes from the 916 area code: 2011 Dry Creek Clarksburg Chenin Blanc Dry and 2011 Baron Herzog Clarksburg Chenin Blanc. Those on the lookout for quality kosher wine should keep this Baron Herzog chenin blanc in mind.
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