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Elixir On Mane Street: A Wine For The Lunar New Year

Wine of the Week: Grace Vineyards Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay
Maker: Grace Vineyards
Year: 2010
Region: Taigu, Shanxi Province, China

Kung Hei Fat Choi!

In honor of the Chinese New Year, I thought we would explore one of the best wines coming out of the emerging Chinese market: Grace Vineyards Tasya’s Reserve Chardonnay.

Grace Vineyards is in the Shanxi Province of China, located southwest of Beijing.  Interestingly, Grace is one of the rare examples of producers coming out of China who are truly focused on quality, and invests in the welfare of their employees.  They arrange annual trips to vineyards abroad to improve their understanding of quality winemaking and the motivation behind it. French and American oak barrels are used for ageing and they produce wine from their own vineyards or from rented land they work, as well as use some locally bought fruit. Grace Vineyards believe in and practice social responsibility: they employ about 580 local families and look after their well-being, even in disastrous vintages.

A well-made, good quality Chardonnay that is lemon pith, baked pineapple underpinnings, with nuances of yellow flowers, distinctive minerality, well-integrated oak and balanced acidity.

Welcome 2014, Year of the Horse.

 

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As a career sommelier, Kimberley Drake has overseen some of the finest wine programs and operations in America and Asia. Her accomplishments range from working as a sommelier at Jean Georges in NYC to opening Hong Kong’s Café Gray Deluxe as their chef sommelier. She can be reached at Kimberley@NewsWhistle.com.

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