Gainey Chardonnay, findingourwaynow.comIt was a very hot day, and we were out for dinner.  I really wanted a buttery Chardonnay, so I chose Gainey Chardonnay 2011.  This Gainey Chardonnay fit the dinner and evening very nicely indeed.

The producer of Gainey Chardonnay 2011, Gainey Vineyards, are located in the Santa Ynez Valley, CA is owned and operated by the Gainey family.  Gainey Ranch and winery where first established in the early 1980s, by Dan J. Gainey and his son. Their winery quickly became one of the most popular wineries to visit in the Santa Ynez Valley and remains so today.  In addition to their three vineyards, the Gainey family has an Arabian horse operation and produce organically grown fruits and vegetables. 

 The goal of the Gainey Vineyards is to create wines of uncompromising quality that reflect the unique characteristics of each vineyard and the area the grapes are grown.

Gainey Chardonnay, findingourwaynow.comSanta Ynez Valley and wine region is located in the northern part of Santa Barbara County, California, just 35 miles Santa Barbara, 125 miles up the coast from Los Angeles and 300 miles south of San Francisco. While there it worth touring the many wonderful wineries that are in the area and their charming historic villages of Los Olivas, Santa Ynez and Solvang.  It is a popular destination not only for the wines but also for the flower farms, many recreational activities such as horseback riding and their ever-popular bed and breakfasts. With its easily going style, it truly is a fun place to go and relax.

The Gainey family was the first to own vineyards and ranch properties in the warm and eastern ends of the Santa Ynez Valley.  Their forward thinking in regard to wine making and the areas they choose gave them a unique opportunity, allowing them completely control all phases of the grape cultivation and winemaking process.  They feel a strong connect to the land that is in their stewardship.

To quote Dan Gainey

“We consider our vineyards and the wines we make from them an expression of the love we have for our land and this beautiful area of California.”

In addition to producing premium wines, they have a number of annual events, including winemaker dinners, cooking classes and an annual Crush Party.  Their Tasting Room is open daily for tours and sip their current offerings.  They also encourage visitors to take advantage of the scenic picnic area to relax and enjoy their current offerings.

Gainey Chardonnay 2011

This is what the winemaker has to say about this Gainey Chardonnay:

Gainey Chardonnay,“No one ever said wine-growing was easy. On the heels of the cool 2010 vintage, we endured an even chillier growing season in 2011, one characterized by a severe spring frost, diabolically windy conditions during flowering, and a consistently cool, foggy summer, culminating in mid-September squalls. Fortunately, the wine gods turned compassionate and produced a picture-perfect late September and October, which fully ripened our Chardonnay grapes and, coupled with a small crop, ensured they were harvested with impressively concentrated, balanced flavors.

Consequently, our 2011 Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay is a sumptuous, mouthfilling wine boasting fresh, creamy aromas of pear, honeyed yellow apple, white peach, bright citrus, and mineral, with a light coating of butter and seductively spicy oak tones. The palate is brimming with round, viscous flavors of ripe yellow apple, nectarine and lemon-lime fruit, with mineral, spice and toasty oak notes surfacing in the long, succulent finish. Bottled in August 2012, this stripling will unfold fully with another 4-5 months of bottle age and should drink beautifully over the next 2-3 years.”

You can find Gainey Chardonnay 2011 on their website, and any fine wine purveyor.

Gainey Chardonnay 2011 was a light and refreshing wine to accompany my wonderful sea scallop dinner with and my husband.  I would encourage you seek it out and give it a try.

Time for a glass…

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  • Cheryl Therrien

    Another winery in love with the land. I love it. Makes buying their wine an easier choice. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Cheryl, It really does. More and more wineries are joining the ban wagon and that is a very good thing. :-)

  • Catarina Alexon

    Susan, if you haven’t already you should get Californian vineyards to advertise on your blog. You really are promoting them very ell!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Catarina, It’s funny you should mention that, I am working on that so how knows, that may just come to fruition. :-)

  • Lorraine Marie Reguly

    If I ever need to know about wines, I sure know who to talk to!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Thanks Lorraine, I consider that a great compliment… Doing a happy dance. :-)

  • Patrick Huff

    One of the reasons I love Chards is for their luscious full body. I am a texture person.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Me too Patrick, I loved this Chardonnay for that very reason. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    I’m not normally a big fan of chardonnays, preferring sauvignon blancs, but the way you described this one I am enticed to give it a try.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I think this may be a great Chardonnay for you Debra, especially if you like a good Sauvignon Blanc. Enjoy. :-)

  • MK Slagel

    Yum. That wine sounds delicious. The quotes you chose really painted a beautiful picture of everything the bottle has to offer.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Mary, it is that for sure. I agree, I think they captured the essence of what the winery is all about very well. :-)

  • Michael Belk

    Susan you know how to find the great wines and the fact that it is from Santa Ynez Valley makes it even more elegant.

    I am sorry I have not been by but I have been working on a new blog.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Michael, I agree, Santa Ynez is such a great place to visit, enjoy the wines as well as relax. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Involvement in wine, horses, and organic food? Sounds like the good life indeed!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I thought so too Jeri. The Santa Ynez wine region is well suited for that and is quite beautiful. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    At some point I need to travel to the wine region of California. It would be great to spend a month in California traveling from brewery to winery, exploring many drinks along the way.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Yes you do Jon. It would be fun to show you around a few places, breweries included. :-)

  • doreenpendgracs

    Sounds like a great summer wine, Susan. I’m mostly a red wine girl, but do love whites with my fish, and for fun on nice summer days. I’ll take a look and see if I can find this one. Thx for the tip!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I am too Dooreen, But every now and then, especially in the summer and with a like summer dish, a good white wine just makes since. If you do try this, let me know how you liked it. :-)

  • Suzanne Fluhr (JustOneBoomer)

    Sounds like my kind of chardonnay. Now the question is whether the enlightened folks at the Pennsylvania State Store system have heard of it. (Yes, we still have to buy all alcoholic beverages (other than beer) at a state run store.!)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Suzanne, It is a very nice Chardonnay. I wish you luck wit that one… LOL. If you do find it, let me how you liked it. :-)

  • Hola Backgrinder

    This post is reminding me of something that has been in the back of my mind lately: I don’t drink enough Chardonnay! I went through a stage where I drank them regularly, and sort of tailed off. I enjoy them though, and I find them particularly good around this time of year.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I am the the same way Halo. I have found that, like all things wine, I like some whites better then others. This is one I very much enjoyed.

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