Fresh Direct Has It All

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Fresh Direct, a “virtual” online supermarket may not be perfect. But at this point in space and time, Fresh Direct is as good as it gets. Produce, as the name implies is superlatively fresh, healthy, trendy and delicious. And prices are competitive. Favored products include sparkling seafood, antibiotic free meats and poultry,  house-made soups like a restaurant-quality corn chowder and gazpacho, non-jarred pasta sauces, and a beautiful selection of gourmet cheeses.

There are lovely wines from Union Square Wines and Spirits, farm fresh fruit and vegetables and chocolate-peanut-butter cupcakes (preservative free) that will make you swoon. The idea of offering recipes, then giving a list of ingredients to check off and add to your shopping cart is ingenious, as is the superbly created website that is intuitive, user-friendly and fun to navigate.  Fresh Direct at http://www.freshdirect.com offers terrific customer service. There has never been a delay getting an immediate refund for any problems (which occur rarely).

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William Hill Estate Winery: Modern Mastery of Napa Classics Like a Fetching 2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay

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2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay

William Hill Estate is renowned for crafting elegant Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot wines due to its exceptional location between Napa Valley’s Silverado Trail and Atlas Peak Road on the prestigious Silverado Bench.  Once classic in style, contemporary winemaker Ralf Holdenried has successfully transitioned our wines to a more refined and sophisticated style with fruit intensity and layers of complexity.  Ralf’s innovative and progressive approach to grape growing and winemaking enhances the unique style of our Napa Valley wines. 

The  2009 Napa Valley Chardonnay reflects a transition to a new contemporary style. The wine reveals elegant ripe tree fruit flavors and some toasty oak, brown spice and butter. The wine has a moderate mouthfeel and sweetness backed up by refined acidity. Impressive is the word for this smooth, beautifully balanced and refined wine.

Those of us ISO a Chardonnay to sip with dinner and find many California winemakers have lost contact with the grape and the game of dining, need look no further than William Hill Estate Winery. Loved it with chicken pot pie, steamed lobster, steak tartar,subtle cheeses and, of course, almonds. At a suggested retail price of $25, we can all go there. Bravo William Hill!

Viticulture Notes:

Spring of 2009 was warm and dry with an early bud break.  We had a moderate growing season causing slow ripening which led to the development of full flavors.   Although harvest was slow to start in the Napa Valley, warmer temperatures in August accelerated the last days of the maturation process.        

Winemaker Notes:

The Chardonnay grapes were hand harvested, and gently pressed as whole clusters. After the juice settled overnight, it was racked, and inoculated, and fermented in a combination of new and used oak barrels at approximately 65 degrees Fahrenheit. All wine lots underwent malolactic fermentation. Aging occurred in a combination of new and used oak. Some of the wine was racked off the lees after primary fermentation, while other lots were allowed lees contact during aging. Final blending occurred after the individual evaluation of each wine lot.

Varietal Origin: Napa Valley

Varietal Content: 100% Chardonnay

Alcohol Level: 14.75%

Titratable Acidity: 0.48 g/100ml

Residual Sugar: 0.67 g/100ml

pH: 3.58


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