2016 Défi Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

$30

The perfect summer night sipping wine!

On the nose, this wine has aromas of pineapple, ripe citrus fruit, honeysuckle and white peach. This wine tastes like biting into a fresh, honey crisp apple. The flavors continue to develop into citrus fruit and white flowers. The palate has great structure with wonderfully balanced acidity and a long finish that you only achieve from a few years in bottle. 

Pairs well with a warm, summer night on the patio and creamy Saint-André Brie!

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Défi | Sonoma County, California

ARGAUX & Amlière Imports have been built on the idea of making good wine, made by good people, easy and accessible for everyone. Défi is a project that developed after years of establishing relationships with winemakers who have the same sense of purpose. Wine should be thoughtfully crafted by people who care about the vineyards, take pride in the process of making wine and create something that is delicious and unique to its home. Our team worked with a few of our trusted winemakers in Sonoma to create Défi, a word that means challenge and a label that gives you a taste of California, made by people who welcome hard work and the challenge of making noteworthy wine. Enjoy!

The independent restaurant community employs over 11 million people in the U.S. As members of the wine community, we feel it is our duty to contribute to this cause and help build this industry back up together. Argaux and Amlière are donating a portion of all proceeds from these kits to the IRC. Help us give back!

The Independent Restaurant Coalition (IRC) was formed to save the local restaurants and bars affected by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic fallout. IRC was founded on the simple belief that there is power to affect legislative change if we unite our voice. This national movement is quickly growing and EVERYONE is welcome to join. Together, we represent 500,000 small businesses across this country, playing a key role in the $760 billion restaurant economy. For the 11 million people across the country employed by independent restaurants — and the 5 million workers up and down the food supply and delivery chain who depend on our restaurants — these small businesses cannot fail.

500,000 independent restaurants and 11 million jobs are on the brink of going away forever. Unlike most businesses that can just turn their lights on, restaurants across the country are restricted from reopening their dining rooms, and will have capacity restrictions when they do. In order for restaurants to serve communities again and assist in reigniting the economy, we need Congress to pass the RESTAURANTS Act, establishing the $120B Independent Restaurant Revitalization Fund.

Get to know our winemakers, why we love them, and why it is more important than ever to support them.

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Chardonnay

As one of the most popular grapes for growing and consuming, Chardonnay can be made in a wide range of styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. These styles can vary from a sparkling Blanc de Blanc, or fresh fermented in stainless steel, to rich and creamy white wine aged in oak barrels. While Chardonnay can flourish in many environments, in its homeland of Burgundy it can produce some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. Whereas from California it can produce both oaky, buttery styles as well as leaner, European-inspired wines. A Somm secret: the Burguny subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a bright style similar to the unoaked style with high levels of acidity. Most people who do not like oaky/buttery Chardonnay may likely enjoy Chablis.

Notable regions for this grape include Burgundy (and Chablis) in France, Central Coast, Napa, and Sonoma in CA, and Western Australia.

When pairing with meals, consider the characteristics, flavors, and acidity of your food first. You always want to try to match the same characteristics and intensities with your wine. No brainer pairing options include seafood, salads, and white meat. Chardonnay, with its vast versatility, is everyone’s best friend.

Sonoma County, California

Unknown to many, Sonoma County located in Northern California is actually bigger than its neighbor, Napa County. Sonoma has a famous gap region, known as the Petaluma Gap, that provides a break in the the coastal ranges and is Sonoma County’s newest AVA. The “Gap” is actually a wind gap named after a coastal mountain opening that stretches east from the Pacific Ocean to the south of the San Pablo Bay. Closest to the Sonoma Coast is the famous Russian River Valley AVA known for its high-quality, elegant Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. To the north of the Russian River lies the warmer Dry Creek Valley and Alexander Valley AVA’s producing a wide range of grape varieties including excellent Zinfandels, Sauvignon Blanc, Rhône varietals (Syrah, Grenache, etc), and Cabernet Sauvignon. Other vineyard areas to watch out for premium wine are Sonoma Coast AVA, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino County. 

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