01 The World-Class Wines of Chateau Grand Traverse, Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan – Sean O’Keefe

Second-generation vintner, Vice President Sean O’Keefe manages a dizzying array of Vitis vinifera varietals for Chateau Grand Traverse estate and Inn. 2014 marks the 40th year that the O’Keefe family has been growing grapes and producing wines on Old Mission Peninsula. The 2012 Pinot Grigio is crisp and dry without cloying warm-climate aromas and texture. The 2012 ‘Ship of Fools’ blend of Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir is heavenly and should become a regular wine-by-the-glass at homes and restaurants across the country. The 2011 Dry Gewürztraminer is a reserve bottling for $18 and the 2012 Edelzwicker is an Alsatian-style blend of Gewürztraminer, Muscat, Pinot Gris and Pinot Blanc.

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02 Philo Ridge Vineyards of Mendocino: Vegan, 100 Percent Solar & Wind Powered – Fred R. Buonanno

Fred R. Buonanno, Owner and Co-Founder, Philo Ridge Vineyards, Philo, Anderson Valley produces small, handcrafted lots of eleven different wines for a total of 2,500 cases per year. Pinot Noir is their primary wine, followed by Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris, Viognier, Chardonnay, Zinfandel, and a couple proprietary Zin-focused blends. Their Marguerite Vineyard sits at 1500′ elevation and is 40 years old. It was originally planted in 1974 as Chardonnay and then grafted over in 1994 to Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris. The vineyard is dry farmed.

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03 Tatomer Wines of Santa Barbara Bone Dry Riesling and Grüner Veltliner – Graham Tatomer

Graham Tatomer founded Tatomer in 2008 with two Riesling vineyards although he’s been working in the wine business since the age of sixteen. Vineyard sites that excite me have been the coldest ones, lending to wines of lighter weight, nuanced flavors, and bracing acidity. He considers himself fortunate enough to work with one of the oldest cold-climate Riesling sites still left in California, Lafond Vineyard in the Santa Rita Hills. After working in Austria for three harvests he turned his attention to include terroir-driven Grüner Veltliner for a total production of 1,100 cases.

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04 Santa Cruz Mountains’ Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards is Serious about Gewürztraminer – Nathan Kandler

Nathan Kandler, Winemaker, Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards, Woodside, California, explains that he makes multiple grape harvest passes in the Scheid Viento Vineyard at the foot of the Santa Lucia Mountain range in Monterey County to create a well balanced Gewürztraminer that has enough acidity to balance the luscious, yet restrained wine of only 13.3 percent alcohol. The 2012 vintage will be released at the 9th Annual Anderson Valley Alsace Varietals Festival.

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The World-Class Wines of Chateau Grand Traverse, Old Mission Peninsula, Michigan
Philo Ridge Vineyards of Mendocino: Vegan, 100 Percent Solar & Wind Powered
Tatomer Wines of Santa Barbara Bone Dry Riesling and Gr
Santa Cruz Mountains