Celebrating National Chardonnay Day the Wente Way

Bet you didn’t know that today (Thursday, May 21) is National Chardonnay Day.

We here at Wine Lines can think of no better way of commemorating the occasion than by sharing reviews of three recent releases by a true pioneer in California Chardonnay: Wente Vineyards.

Until 1936, you might never have known what grapes were used to make a bottle of white wine in California. Terms like “California Chablis” were common on labels. But that year, the Wente family became the first to print “Chardonnay” on a label, helping to bring much-deserved recognition to the variety.

Today, Wente makes Chardonnay in a number of styles, and we have reviews of three recent releases here:

2013 Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

2014 Wente ‘Eric’s’ Chardonnay, Livermore Valley

2013 Wente ‘Riva Ranch’ Chardonnay, Arroyo Seco, Monterey

You may also not be aware that you taste a little bit of Wente in literaly dozens — perhaps hundreds — of bottlings bearing other winery names. That’s because the Wente clone of Chardonnay is widely planted all over California. In fact, it is the most widely planted Chardonnay clone in the Golden State.

Here’s to National Chardonnay Day… and to the Wente family, known far and wide as “California’s First Family of Chardonnay.”

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