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Napa. Rioja. Bordeaux… Virginia? There’s more to Virginia than ham, you know. If you can grow a grape, you will see wine and meet wine lovers. Wine from Virginia is kind of hard to find out here in California. There’s some serious competition from my neighbors up north. I love talking to winemakers because they’re farmers. You probably already know this about me, but my dad is a farmer too. He’s in Mexico right now somewhere on our family ranch. I’ll have to tell you about my dad’s famous “apple wine” some other day. Right now, I have to tell you about my Twitter chat with Jonathan Wheeler, winemaker of Trump Winery. He’s not into social media… Say what?! …. but he still joined me and a few of my fellow wine friends to talk about 4 of his wines.
Trump 2009 Blanc de Blanc
Light, rich, and bubbly. What’s not to love about that? The green apple really comes out in this wine. I usually leave the bubbles for special occasions – birthdays, New Years, Tuesday nights. lol. If you’re into drinking sparkling wine every night, I’m no one to ruin a good party. Drink on! For me, this is an appetizer wine – shrimp ceviche or sushi.
Trump 2009 Sparkling Rose
I loved listening to the winemaker’s description of this wine. He likes acidity. Me too! Even though it’s a pretty-in-pink wine, it’s well-balanced. Crisp from the stainless steel and rounded out by the French oak barrel aging. Light and fresh. My mind is still on appetizers. Maybe some cheddar bacon cheese puffs or maybe something fishy like salmon cucumber bites.
Trump 2014 Chardonnay
I can be a bit of a wine snob when it comes to chardonnay. I don’t know when this happened, but chardonnay for me has to be creamy. This one is not too citrusy and has a lovely creaminess to it. This wine by Trump Winery is a great lemony chardonnay with notes of vanilla. For a food pairing … you guessed it, I’m going with an appetizer… chicken nachos or egg rolls.
Trump 2014 Meritage
Take the crib out. This wine is a baby. It still needs a few years to fully develop. Still, this was my favorite by Trump Winery. What can I say? I’m a sucker for reds. 33% Cabernet Sauvignon, 26% Merlot, 16% Cabernet Franc, 14% Petit Verdot, and 11% Malbec. Fruit forward and medium-bodied. You can cellar it for 5-6 years. For another appetizer food pairing, I would suggest Swedish meatballs, or the oldie but goodie, pigs in a blanket.
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Disclosure: I was provided with media samples of each of the wines mentioned above. This post also contains affiliate links.