NOT ALL VINES ARE CREATED EQUAL
Noble Vines, a vineyard from Lodi and Monterrey California, holds true to it’s name. Noble in cause and taste; a vineyard that is sustainably grown. But what does sustainable mean?
Wine consumers can have the satisfaction of knowing they are supporting vineyards and wineries that are socially and environmentally responsible in conserving water, energy and land, protecting air and water quality, and enhancing relations with employees and communities. California’s wine industry is also serving as a model for other wine regions and agricultural sectors. Consumers who live in and visit California benefit from supporting businesses that create open space and rural beauty. Enhanced wine quality is another benefit of the industry’s adoption of best practices – such as drip irrigation, canopy management, knowledge of wine quality and viticultural improvements.
Sustainable wine growing has been practiced by California vintners and growers for decades, and conserves the state’s limited natural resources, enhances environmental quality, and contributes economically and socially to the state. California’s booming population has increased competition for land, water, energy and other resources. By adopting sustainable practices, winegrowers are demonstrating their responsible use of these resources and their performance as a good neighbor. California wine will always be tied to the land as a signature industry of the state.
I was very excited to take part in this sustainable wine growing experience through sipping wine of course! I was sent three wines from Noble Vines; 446 2012 Chardonnay, 667 Pinot Noir 2012, and 242 Sauvignon Blanc 2012. Another little tidbit about the wines is that all three of them are under $14.99. Heck of a deal for a nice bottle of sustainably grown wine.
The Pinot Noir was smooth and buttery; loved that it was a easy drinking wine. I would pair this wine with a lovely roast or perhaps a summery grilled chicken.
Oh Sauvignon Blanc… how I love thee… where do I start?! My favorite of the three. Amazing fresh notes of peach and melon. Delightful on a warm Summer day. And at $12.99, you can’t beat the price!
The last wine I tried was the 446 Chardonnay 2012. Lovely and light– I tasted notes of apple and pineapple– delish!
I would pair the Chardonnay with the following recipe– a perfect accompaniment for Easter Brunch:
- ¼ cup room temperature butter
- 1 oz butter
- 3 tbs flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 5 oz grated cheese, about 1 cup
- 4 egg yolks
- salt and pepper to taste
- 7 egg whites
- Using room temperature butter, coat the inside of 8 six-ounce ramekins.
- In a small saucepan melt butter, whisk in flour and cook for 2 minutes. Add milk, whisking constantly, and simmer until thick, about 2 minutes more. Remove from heat, stir in mustard, cheese and yolks. Season to taste with salt and pepper and transfer to a large mixing bowl. Cool to room temperature.
- Whisk whites to soft peaks. Gently fold whites, one-third at a time, into cheese sauce, gently folding together until combined.
- Pour mixture into prepared molds, arrange refrigerate for up to 4 hours before baking.
- Preheat oven to 375f. Bring a kettle of water to a boil.
- Place soufflés into 2 9×13-roasting pans and place in the oven. Pour the boiling water into the pan so that it comes half way up the ramekins. Bake until puffed and golden, about 20-25 minutes. Do not open the oven door during cooking.
- Remove from water bath and serve immediately.
- Make Ahead: In addition to being made ahead, once soufflés are baked they can be held in the water bath for up to 10 minutes before serving.
As a blogger I receive products, promotional items and educational materials to use and share as I see fit. However, any opinions expressed by me are honest and reflect my actual experience. Thank you to Noble Vines for the three bottles of delicious wines!