Frank Family Vineyards Napa Valley Chardonnay 2011

Second week of 2013 and things are already looking better for me. My job search is over! I’ll be working from home with theFrank Family Winery-412″ /> same company, just working with the Chicago office, such a relief. My husband and I also finished the bathroom remodel that has been a work in progress since last spring. In addition, I started my new way of eating and thinking. Notice there is no mention of diet, I think that’s a dirty word and sets you up for failure. I’m really excited about this new way of life and plan on having great results. Sadly, I will have to cut back on the wine and this will definitely be the hardest part for me.

As you all know, I love wine. I love opening a bottle, pouring into a glass, taking in the first whiff of aromas, enticing my senses and when the flavors are as wonderful as the aromas, ah heaven. I’m weaning myself slowly and in no way will I be cutting out my beloved beverage, I just will be reducing my nightly intake as I entered a path to becoming a better and healthier me. Sigh, this truly is for the best. Right?

That brings me to this weeks wine, Frank Family Vineyards, just named 2012 Winery of the Year” by Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, a rather nice accomplishment in deed.

The Napa Valley Chardonnay is full of crisp green apple and green fruit aromas. The wine starts with semi-sweet flavors of apple and pineapple then quickly turns to refreshing tart citrus. The creamy mouth feel balances well with the crisp acidity carried through the finish.

Varietal – Chardonnay
Appellation – Napa Valley
TA – 0.80 g/100ml
pH – 3.45
Alcohol – 14.2%
SRP – $34.75

Connoisseurs’ Guide to California Wine, has been reviewing wine since 1974, and reviews thousands of wines each year. The Connoisseurs’ Guide selected Frank Family Vineyards based on its consistent excellence, saying, “Multiple star ratings were garnered in virtually every category, starting the year off with Zinfandel and ending with Cabernet Sauvignon, and touching Petite Sirah, Sangiovese, Chardonnay and Sparkling Wine along the way.”
Constructed in 1884 as the Larkmead Winery the building was refinished in sandstone sourced from nearby hills in 1906 and is now on the National Register of Historical Places. Rich and Connie Frank purchased the property in 1992 and have continued to expand the vineyards. With 250 prime acres in Napa Valley and a large word-of-mouth following, Frank Family Vineyards has become known for their premium Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

Now in my third day of my new way of living and I’ve already lost weight! Yippee, it could be a fluke but I’ll take it as long as it keeps me motivated. Now where’s that creamy bloomy brie and crusty baguette? Just kidding.

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