Reata Chardonnay and Whiplash Chardonnay 2010

Colder temps have me grasping and holding onto to those summer whites with both hands. This week I’ve had to put away my shorts, t-shirts and flip flops in favor of jeans, long sleeves and socks. While the windows are shut tight and I sit in front of the first fire log of the season, I’m not ready to give up my front porch rocking chair and white wines.
Reata Chardonnay and Whiplash Chardonnay, two recent samples fulfilled my white wine needs.

Reata Chardonnay
A hint of caramel, tropical flavors and buttery oak aromas. Flavors of green apple, bright crisp fruit flavors and soft oak with low acidity with a long finish make for a refreshing wine.
Situated in NapaValley, the grapes for the wine are sourced from the Carneros region known for its long cool growing season. Having once been home to General Vallejo, Reata, Spanish for lariat or lasso, pays tribute to the rich history of the California landscape. Utilizing state-of-the-art production methods the winemakers are given the freedom to craft wines in the best possible way.
Varietal – 100% Chardonnay
Appellation – Carneros
Alcohol – 14.3%
RS – .36%
Aidity – .38 g/L
pH – 3.46
SRP – $20

Whiplash Chardonnay
White grapefruit and green apple aromas. Flavors full of citrus, grapefruit and Meyer Lemon rounded by white peaches. Notes of green grass and a long finish evoke images filled with fields of tall green grass swaying in the wind in the warm summer sun.
Vinted and bottled by Reata Winery as their bargain line, Whiplash Winery takes its name from a rebellious stallion owned by Reata’s founder. The horse repeatedly threw riders to the ground with patience and perseverance the wild stallion was tamed.
Appellation – California
Alcohol – 14.5%
RS – .48%
Aidity – .55 g/L
pH – 3.45
SRP – $11

Today I found out my employment with my employer of 13 years is coming to a close. The product I work on is being retired and there aren’t many other options open for me since I telecommute. Funny thing is the change in my employment status in 2009 is what prompted me to write this blog. I needed an outlet and a blog provided the perfect forum.

Since then I’ve learned I really enjoy writing and would like to make a career out of writing. Now I’m stuck in that old Catch-Twenty-Three; can’t get published without prior published material. If anyone out there reading this has any pull, let me know. I’m willing to write at no cost so I can get the exposure and published articles under my belt.

Here’s to changes, good, bad and just plain terrifying and on to the next chapter of my life.
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About Kellie Stargaard

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