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Buyer of: California Chardonnay

For twenty years, William has played a role in the food and wine industry. A Boston native with extensive experience in fine dining, he came to New York with his chef/wife Lisa in 2004 eager to explore the offerings of New York City and its world-class culinary pedigree. Since then, he immersed himself in Italian wines, running Vino Italian Wine and Spirits, one of the city’s most respected boutique wine shops and became the Wine and Beverage Director of iTrulli Restaurant. With an Advanced Certificate (WSET) from the International Wine Center, William continues to constantly explore the marriage of wine and food with his wife as they travel and entertain friends and family, and participate in the occasional underground supper-club.

“I am thrilled to be participating in the wide world of wine at a time when the amount of quality choice all around is truly unprecedented. I love a wine most when it reflects a sense of place. I am excited to see the widening trend towards making sustainable, organic and biodynamic product, though ultimately I don’t believe it to be the only prerequisite for making a ‘good’ wine.”

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Lioco Sonoma Chardonnay 2013

Producers Matt Licklider and Kevin O'Connor dub this wine “Vintage California” for its resemblance to the not-so-full classics from the early seventies, a style that has carried over into the leaner wines of today. There is no major influence of oak on the wine and the fruit is pure: lemon citrus and peach with a light mineral touch. The mid-palate has body but it finishes nice and dry. Try this with seared snapper with celery root puree and parsley.

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Reg. $19.99

The Wagner family believes that the Santa Lucia Highlands appellation in Monterey County is the best appellation in the world for producing Chardonnay. This region benefits from cool morning fog and afternoon breezes that result in a long growing ... more
Sku: 022944

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Rob Perkins and John Lancaster of famed Boulevard restaurant sourced this from Middleridge Ranch inChardonnay is one varietal that can excel in a variety of different elevage regimes. visit Chablis and you won't see much oak. In Pulighny-Montrachet ... more
Sku: P58622

Reg. $21.99

This is great small production Chardonnay that in my opinion does not cut any corners, especially coThis is great small production Chardonnay that in my opinion does not cut any corners, especially coming from an entry-level spot in the winery’s ... more
Sku: P58545