Meadowcroft Wines Chardonnay, findingourwaynow.comThis past September I had the good fortune of taking a few of my blogger friends on a tour of the Napa and Sonoma wine regions.  We had a blast wine tasting, sharing food and enjoying chocolate.  One of our planned stops was Meadowcroft Wines where we were treated to a wine, chocolate and cheese experience.

The location was a delight and the offerings were superb.  Their charming tasting room is casual and warm, featuring their award winning wines, 13 + varietals in all, from their Sonoma and Napa vineyards.

Meadowcroft Wines Chardonnay, findingourwaynow.comOne of the wines we were served as part of our wine, chocolate and cheese pairing was their Meadowcroft Wines 2011 Chardonnay.  I usually gravitate to reds, but I have to say I really enjoyed this wine with our cheese and chocolate pairings.

Meadowcroft Wines

Tom Meadowcroft, vintner/owner of Meadowcroft Wines, has three wine labels: Meadowcroft, Magito and Thomas Henry.

Tom moved to the California wine country from Washington State in 1996 to make wine for the Forman Vineyards.  After graduating from Napa College Viticulture Meadowcroft Wines Chardonnay, findingourwaynow.comand Winery program, he joined Buckland Vineyard Management, working his way up to designing, planting and managing fields for stalwart wineries such as Cakebread, Robert Mondavi, Opus One and Stags Leap to name just a few.  All this proved invaluable to his developing skill as an outstanding winemaker.

Tom then made the decision to produce his own vineyard & winery.  It took a while. Using sustainable framing practices and much experimenting, Tom was able to produce his first vintage under the Meadowcroft label, Meadowcroft Mt. Veeder Estate 2004 Cabernet Sauvignon.  His efforts were rewarded with excellent reviews nationally and internationally, garnering a 94 rating for his 2005 Meadowcroft Mt. Veeder Estate Cabernet. As time passed, Tom was able to add two additional labels (Magito and Thomas Henry) to his line of wines.

Meadowcroft Wines 2011 Chardonnay

This is what the winemaker has to say about their Meadowcroft Wines 2011 Chardonnay:

Meadowcroft Wines Chardonnay,“The wine grapes, sourced from Bonneau Vineyards, just a stone’s throw from the Meadowcroft Wines tasting room in the Carneros region of Sonoma County, make this vintage stand out with a good acidity and a broad range of tropical flavors. The wine is in the Burgundian-style with minimal new oak barrel exposure. Well balanced and flavorful.

The wine is layered with aromatics and flavors of citrus, verbena, pear, lemon with minerality and a touch of glycerin on the finish.

Pair this wine with pasta in a seafood lemon cream sauce, roasted chicken, grilled fish, or simply enjoy as an aperitif with smoked salmon or a variety of cheeses.”

You can find Meadowcroft Wines 2011 Chardonnay on their website, and many good wine purveyors.

Meadowcroft Wines Chardonnay, findingourwaynow.comThe delightful Meadowcroft Wines tasting room, located in the Carneros region of Sonoma was the last stop on our tour for the day.  It was a perfect day and location for a picnic before we headed back home.

If you’re headed to Sonoma or in the area for any reason, the Meadowcroft Wines tasting room is well worth a visit.

Time for glass…

If you enjoyed reading about Meadowcroft Wines 2011 Chardonnay, check out Cantara Cellars Chardonnay 2011La Crema Chardonnay 2010 and MacRostie Chardonnay.

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  • Catarina Alexon

    Am sure you and your friends had a great time at Meadowcroft Wines tasting wine, chocolate and cheese. Honestly had no idea they are selling wine on Interesting,. Can’t help wondering if it’s possible to buy wine from them in all countries?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It was so much fun Catarina. many of the small wineries are starting to add their wines to Amazon. I think that is awesome. :-)

  • Jacqueline Gum

    The trip sounds like so much fun! And the flavors of the wine, as you describe them, sound yummy. You can actually buy wine on the internet? Amazon?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It really is a great Chardonnay Jacqueline. Actually more and more wineries are adding their wines to Amazon. It is such a great place to give the smaller wines an online presences. :-)

  • Cheryl Therrien

    We had such fun on that trip! :) Isn’t it interesting that you can buy wine on the internet?

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It was a a blast Cheryl. Want to come back?

  • Doreen Pendgracs

    Thanks for this post, Susan, and for taking me/us to the Meadowcroft Winery. I adored their Chardonnay, and it definitely paired nicely with the cheeses we were served. I love their logo, and the fact that they even have it on their wine glasses. I wished we could have stayed there longer, sampling, and enjoying the ambiance.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I had so much fun having everyone here. the time went way to fast Doreen. I agree, the logo is pretty cool. :-)

  • Jon Jefferson

    Every now and then I run across a Chardonnay that I enjoy. I tend to enjoy them when they are buttery and rich.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      I am a buttery rich Chardonnay fan as well Jon. When I find one I usually get a few bottles. :-)

  • Mary Stephenson

    When I belong to the Siamese cat club we used to go to wineries to hold our monthly meetings. It was always fun when we would go up into the Napa area and visit some of the newer small ones. They usually take such pride in putting out an excellent product and we got to try some amazing new wines. That is one I have not tried.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Oh I bet that was a blast. I too love the smaller wineries for that sam reason Mary. The next time I have a few bloggers visit you must join us. :-)

  • Tim Bonner

    I’ve only ever been to a vineyard once quite a few years ago in the Mosel Valley in Germany. It was certainly a great experience though.

    I like the sound of the Chardonnay you mention. It’s great that you can buy wine over the internet now.

    We have a lovely wine merchants just down the street from us so are very lucky!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It is a very nice Chardonnay Tim. It is amazing how wine is now so easily to buy wine on line. I think that is great when trying to find a wine that not readily available.

      Like you, I too have few great wine merchants just down the street from where I live. :-)

  • Greg Narayan

    I’ll have some with a side of salmon!

    • Susan P. Cooper

      You got it Greg. I’m on it… LOL. :-)

  • Jeri Walker-Bickett

    Like Catarina, I didn’t realize wine can be bought via Amazon. Is there anything they don’t sell? Once the weather is nice, I’m determined to explore a few more of the Snake River wineries in my area before I have to move again.

    • Susan P. Cooper

      That is a good question Jeri. I think Amazon is not the go to place for everything… LOL. The Snake River is an amazing wine region. You will have a great time there.

  • Margarita Slavkova

    Susan, I am from Bulgaria and we produce exquisite wines, including Chardonnay. And yes, I am going to check Amazon for this. Thanks for the great post. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Hi Margarita and welcome. Bulgaria does have so pretty spectacular wines. If you can get this wine, let me know what you think.

  • Susan Oakes

    I haven’t drunk Chardonnay for a long time. Sounds like a good time was had by all at your tasting Susan

    • Susan P. Cooper

      It was indeed Susan. I have been exploring more Chardonnays lately and have found some pretty amazing wines. :-)

  • Debra Yearwood

    Sounds like a good visit and wonderful wine, one more reason to visit California. :)

    • Susan P. Cooper

      Aw, you must come visit some time Debra. We could have a ball running around to all the cool wineries and other potential sites and adventures. :-)