2018 Tenbrink Family Vineyards Chardonnay, Suisun Valley – A Fabulous Chardonnay

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The Winery

Did a story on the winery before Covid but have not been back since. However I have been enjoying their wines (Chardonnay & Syrah) happily in the interim! Here is the original story on a much misunderstood and underappreciated AVA in California, Suisun Valley:


 The Wine

When I first tasted this wine in January 2019, I immediately rated it as one of the Best of Year Wines Tasted, just on the nose alone without even tasting it. I can’t recall giving a “score” to any wine before tasting it! When I first sipped the wine it was inspirational. The pale straw coloring provided an array of honeysuckle, pear and apple on nose and later on the palate. It had a touch of citrus on the finish and was clearly going to be a winner! All the kudos for this wine still ring true! It made my Best Wines Tasted in 2021. I am so pleased I continued to purchase this wine. Still a tremendous bargain today at $32 retail price for the 2021 release.

The Food and Wine Pairing

(Photo ©Michael Kelly)

Went today to Modesto and stopped by Ohana Seafood to pick up tuna sashimi for lunch and some fresh fish for tonight’s dinner. The tuna was absolute fresh and delicious. Decided to pair it with the 2018 Tenbrink Family Vineyards Chardonnay and it was a magnificent pairing. Will also be pairing this wine with our fish this evening!







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