Winery of the Month

May 2021

The Trefethen family, pioneers in the Napa Valley and specifically the Oak Knoll District, are champions of estate grown wines. For three generations, they have carefully tended to their land, employees, and customers, building a loyal following for their legacy of fine, age-worthy wines with a deep integrity of place. Embodied in their approach is a profound respect for both people and place. This extends beyond the boundary of their estate, knitting them into the fabric of Napa Valley. Over the past 50 years, they helped establish the Napa Valley Agricultural Preserve, co-founded the Napa Valley Grape growers, took on leading roles within the Napa Valley Vintners and California Wine Institute. Guardians of the land as well, they established sustainability certifications for both their vineyards and the winery. Bottom line, they have also created a cacophony of delicious wines that will match with a myriad of cuisine, and if so desired, to be enjoyed on their own.

Riesling

Riesling Napa Valley

Regular $19.99 – Special $16.99

This dry Riesling is crisp and zesty, showing beautiful notes of lemon, lime, and spring flowers. The nose explodes with fresh aromas of lemongrass, ginger, and white pepper. It’s balanced with refreshing acidity and an elegant finish. Though this is a versatile wine, it’s perfectly paired with lighter cuisine. Pair with seafood, chicken, or pasta dishes with citrus flavors. Trefethen’s winery Chef Chris Kennedy suggests enjoying this wine with Dungeness Crab Salad with Tart Apple and Toasted Ciabatta.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay Napa Valley

Regular $34.99 – Special $26.99

Aromas of lemon and lime are complemented by a touch of apple blossom and white peach. Subtle notes of toasted oak frame the palate which features more citrus flavors and hints of apple and pear. The lively acidity brings great balance and the finish is refreshing and smooth. The bright citrus notes of this wine make it a perfect match for shellfish and tarragon. salt and pepper shrimp or caramelized jumbo scallops over rice.

Merlot

Merlot Napa Valley

Regular $40.99 – Special $29.99

Aromas of ripe raspberry and plum are layered with earthy spices of black pepper and tea leaves. Concentrated red fruit flavors are fresh and bright on the palate leading to expansive notes of spice and forest floor. The finish is well-rounded with balanced tannins and graceful acidity. Pair with savory dishes like Merlot-glazed barbecued chicken, pepper-crusted grilled Ahi tuna, or Sautéed Chanterelle Mushrooms.

Cabernet Franc

Cabernet Franc Napa Valley

Regular $44.99 – Special $36.99

This classically-styled Cabernet Franc opens with aromas of red cherry, rose petal, and strawberry. Delicious on the entry, the refined tannins support fresh flavors of red fruits leading to notes of cracked peppercorn and other spices. The finish is long and mouthwateringly smooth. Pair with Braised Lamb Pasta, Cheese Grits with Roasted Mushrooms, or Steamed Jumbo White Beans and Arugula Salad recipes.

Cabernet Sauvignon

Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley

Regular $59.99 – Special $49.99

Aromas and flavors of black currant, ripe plum, and blackberry are layered with black pepper and vanilla bean. Full-bodied and intense, this wine is balanced and well-structured with seamless acidity and firm tannins. Pair with black pepper or thyme to bring out the layered notes, such as Ahi Tuna au Poivre.