Anything But Chardonnay, Celadon Grenache Blanc, Coriol White Rhone Blend

In a second instalment on what captured my attention at the Fall Tasting from VOS Selections, I leave Greece behind but stick with white wines.

It has been a while since I mentioned any California wines and I happened to find 2 interesting ones that Monday.

I was rummaging through the ice bin holding West Coast juice, I heard the call of Sonoma thanks to a creation from John Sweazey at Anaba with Rhone roots, Coriol White 08, a blend of Roussanne (48%) and Viognier (30%) rounded by touch of Marsanne (12%) and Grenache Blanc (10%).


Its peach and melon flavors would pair well with Sud de France fare. Should we credit the wine delicate touch to Jennifer Marion, a young and talented winemaker?

No mass production as only 264 cases were made. Grapes are sourced from 4 vineyards.

My second discovery hails from biodynamically farmed 'Beeswax' vineyard in Arroyo Seco (Monterey).

The Celadon 100% Grenache Blanc 09 guided by the hand of Larry Brooks at Topanga, gives us stone and tropical fruits and good minerality.

Suggested pairings by Topanga are oysters and shelfish.


Another small batch with 251 cases produced.

Catch them while you can!

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