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William Hill 2012 releases

William Hill Estate Winery is a tried and true taste of vino I’ve been enjoying for many years. Ever since I met winemaker Ralf Holdenried for lunch one wintry afternoon in Boston, I’ve been a huge fan. His 2012 William Hill Estate North Coast Chardonnay ($17), made from grapes of Sonoma and Mendocino, is the essence of a true chardonnay, and his 2012 William Hill Estate North Coast Cabernet Sauvignon ($17) is in line with a true cab, meaning well balanced, full-bodied and flavors of deep dark berries. Of course, this wine has a bit of merlot, which only adds to the finish and complexity. Enjoy!  Image

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William Hill Chardonnay: The cream of Napa Valley’s crop

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The best of the best chardonnay grapes hail from the cool Carneros and warmer St. Helena. Ralf Holdenried, winemaker at William Hill Estate in northern California, knows how to select grapes from the best sources and turn it into gold. Gold chardonnay, that is.

When I selected a bottle of William Hill’s flagship 2012 Napa Valley Chardonnay to taste, I decided to incorporate it into a recipe I was making, and to use the rest as my beverage for the evening. My point being, you don’t have to use white wine gone bad, or white wine you don’t care for in recipes. Use what you love so that you can fully taste what you deserve: the best. Creamy with rich character in a silky fruit mix with baked apple, caramel and toasted spices, this chardonnay is a winner. You’ll want to savor each sip once you open a bottle, priced at $25.

Here is a recipe, courtesy of William Hill Winery, that incorporates the best chardonnay:

Chardonnay Gravy
3 cups basic gravy
1 cup William Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay
2 bay leaves
2 cloves garlic
2 teaspoons chopped sage
Salt and pepper to taste

Bring the basic gravy to a simmer, then whisk in Napa Valley Chardonnay, notice that it will thin considerably. Add bay leaves, garlic, and chopped sage. Season to taste Simmer on low heat until desired consistency. Serve with the rich flavors found in our Brioche Dressing and a glass of William Hill Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay.

For more recipes, including the Basic Gravy recipe, visit www.WilliamHillEstate.com.