How to Avoid the Tibetan Mastiffs of Chardonnay

Mark Oldman visits “weird and wonderful” Portland, Oregon to discuss why Chardonnay need not always be the vinous equivalent of a Voodoo donut or a Tibetan Mastiff.  He recommends low/no oak Chardonnay, a crisp, vivacious style that is not saddled by oaky strangulations.  Watch here.



Visiting Sonoma’s Siduri

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On a recent trip to Sonoma, California, I had the chance to stop by Siduri Vineyards.

Nuggets to know:

1) Siduri makes outstanding single-vineyard Pinot Noir, much of which is rendered in a ultra-ripe, high-alcohol, Californian style (as opposed to a more delicate Burgundian style).  They don’t grow their own grapes but source them from vineyards as north as Oregon’s Willamette Valley and as south as Santa Barbara’s Santa Rita Hills.

2) Visiting Siduri’s production facility is a singular experience.  Secreted away in an industrial park in the humble town of Santa Rosa, the warehouse-like setting is the furthest you can get from an idyllic vineyard – and that’s what makes it such a kick to visit.  Visits by appointment only.