The Best of La Crema's Virtual Tasting

Live from Sonoma with Elizabeth Grant Douglas!


 "Pinot is not about muscularity. It's more about the elegance, nuance, and subtlety."

During out most recent Virtual Tasting La Crema's winemaker gave us a fabulous lesson on the wines of La Crema, their style, origins and how the express their varietal character.

This is a fascinating look at one of California's pioneers of cool climate winemaking. A winery that has bucked the trends and endured with a singular winemaking mission. To produce wines that are crisp, elegant, complex and above all delicious. Take a look at some of these informative videos or sit for a while and enjoy them all as Elizabeth Grant Douglas gives us an inside peak behind the curtain at La Crema.

Cool Climate

An Introduction to La Crema's background and their original cool climate mission. Elizabeth helps us understand why cool climate regions, and the slight stress they place on the vines, produce better wines.

Hang Time

One of the differences between the Sonoma Coast and Monterey is their growing season. Among the regions of Northern California these two regions both have long growing seasons that afford them long hang times. Learn what that means and why it's important.

Chardonnay in 2012

Elizabeth discusses the character of the two Chardonnays, what they share, and how they differ. Oak treatment, even a bit of American oak, cellar practices and harvest dates are discussed and how they influence the final wines, with special focus on the 2012 vintage.

Monterey vs. Sonoma Coast

A little background on Monterey as a wine region, why it produces the type of wines that fits La Crema's style. It's a newer region for La Crema and one that produces classic cool climate wines that differ from those in Sonoma in size, wine style, and most importantly clones.

2012 Monterey Chardonnay

Get the background on La Crema's Monterey Chardonnay, what it expresses and how it fits into the La Crema Line-up. Monterey expresses more minerality, both in Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

2012 Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

La Crema's flagship wine, the Sonoma Coast Chardonnay is the brand's ambassador. A blend of many clones and vineyards located within the Sonoma Coast appellation, this wine serves as an excellent introduction to the winery's style and Sonoma's fruit. This is one of La Crema's original wines, and reflects their ongoing commitment to thier founding principles.

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