#Top6ixinThe6ix: Wines of the Week — Upgrading with California

This week we open up our liquid passports and take a trip to one of our most missed wine regions – California. 

California offers not only amazing wines for us to taste and savour, but the region is also truly committed to sustainable winegrowing. They have been adopting environmentally and socially responsible practices and are committed to ensuring the health of the entire ecosystem in which they live, breathe and survive – including the land, and the well-being of their surrounding communities and families  for generations to come. This truly resonates with me (and I hope with you) because I know I can sip great wine and also do good for the planet at the same time. 


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Here are 6 Wines that are bound to knock your socks off when it comes to Upgrading your at-home dining experience:

ustin Hope Cabernet Sauvignon

This wine has elevated dining written all over it. Perfect with a tomahawk or ribeye steak, this wine is juicy and will pair perfectly with a saturday night dinner date night. Transport yourself to Paso Robles, California and enjoy a wonderful sustainable wine! Vines for this wine are grown at 1,000M on fossils shell soils – isn’t that so cool? 

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Josh Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon  

Looking for a menu to inspire your next wine purchase? How about a hand-made beef burger with Grilled Portobellos, Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Blue Cheese or a juicy Flank Steak with your very own Josh Cellars Cabernet Chimichurri Sauce?! Starting to salivate yet? This wine is ideal to open before dinner gets started and to enjoy as you cook – as well as use in your cooking! Take a look at the winery website for more fabulous recipe ideas. Joseph Carr was a NYC sommelier turned winemaker, so  you can trust this wine was built for fabulous food pairings! 

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Robert Mondavi Private Selection Cabernet Sauvignon 

Leaders in sustainability, In 1998 Robert Mondavi became the first winery to receive an “Innovator” award from California’s Environmental Protection Agency. They were also the first to formally adopt a natural farming approach to the cultivation of their estate vineyards – now that’s something you can feel good about. This classical cabernet is wonderfully delicious and is the perfect wine to sip, savour and cook with!

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Ghost Pines Winemaker’s Blend Chardonnay

Made with grapes from Sonoma, Napa and Monterey Counties, Ghost Pines Chardonnay is a premium blend of truly great chardonnay grapes. This wine is an amazing way to up-grapde your at-home saturday night dinner with buttered lobster, oven baked cornish hens, and even apple pie! 

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Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay

Head to the winery website for Kendal Jackson and you’ll find some amazing recipes to pair with all of their wines. One of our favourites is baked zucchini with feta preserved lemon with butter and crispy bread. Founded in 1982 KJ is extremely committed to sustainability on their farms their estate vineyards are located throughout the cool California coastal regions, and vines are grown on mountains, ridges, hillsides and benchlands producing amazing wines you’re bound to fall in love with.

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Domaine Chandon Brut

Get your sparkle on this season with Domain Chandon brut sparkling! Currently on sale until January 3rd, this wine is dynamite and a great addition to holiday celebrations. Whether it’s a pairing with brunch items or ringing in the new year, this spectacular blend of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier come together to bring a sparkling taste of california home. 

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