Sonoma County, California
From a small town in northeastern Italy to Sonoma County, California, the Zanin family has followed a passion for wine, originally growing grapes and making wines for their own table. Emilio Zanin immigrated to the U.S. in 1969 and eventually founded a 40-acre vineyard and winery in Sonoma's Bennett Valley AVA (American Viticultural Area). Founded by father and son Emilio and Luca Zanin in 2006, Bennett Valley Cellars focuses on chardonnay and pinot noir wines. Vineyards have well-drained, volcanic alluvial soils and a fog-cooled climate. The Pacific Ocean provides a constant supply of cool breezes. For this wine, hand-harvested grapes were fermented in stainless steel tanks and bottled without exposure to oak. On the palate, taste crisp green apple, citrus notes, pear and melon overtones, hints of flinty minerality and good acidity. Drink it with shrimp remoulade, crab cakes, tuna, salmon, poultry and pork. Buy it at: The Wine Seller and Pearl Wine Co. Drink it at: The Pelican Club.