Recommended Reviews Vol. 25 No. 12 Wine

Weibel Family Winery Governor’s Cuvée Stanford Brut

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Weibel Family Winery is a fourth-generation business producing wines since 1869.  This sparkling wine is named in honor of the first governor of California, Leland Stanford, who was in office when the winery was established. It is a blend of Chenin Blanc, French Colombard, and Chardonnay sourced from vineyards throughout California.  This sparkling wine is produced using the Charmat method (tank).  

Nose: Floral, pear, and sweet spice.
Palate:  Sweet and savory, but leaning more toward sweet with apples, pear, and a touch of red berry.  Clean and fresh with a creamy mouthfeel and fine bubbles, and finishes on a sweet note.
Alcohol:  11.5%
SRP:  $11-13
Serve as an aperitif or pair with light fare.

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Penny is a wine, spirits, food, and travel writer. Her sensory examination and evaluation of wine and food are noteworthy. Penny has a popular website called The WineKnitter that takes you with her to discover wine/spirits, travel, food, and culture worldwide. She began her serious foray into the world of wine in the early 1980s, where she was part of three very successful family-owned restaurants in NYC and "cut her teeth,” so to speak, with wines such as Petrus, Chateau Margaux, Chateau Haut Brion, Cristal, etc. Penny has an extensive presence on many social media sites, and her education is ongoing with wine seminars, wine tastings, and culinary delights from around the world. She studied at the Wine & Spirits Education Trust, completed WSET Level 2 Certification with Distinction, and is continuing with Level 3, advanced certification in wine. Penny is a member of The Wine Media Guild.

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