The Tasting Panel magazine

June 2012

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MILESTONE Send in the by Christopher Sawyer CELEBRATING 100 YEARS OF CHARDONNAY WITH WENTE VINEYARDS Clones Chardonnay fans unite! Each year, an abundance of birthdays and anniversaries are celebrated in the wine industry. Many of these events are retrospective tastings or festive occasions highlighting the achievements of a winery or a particular winemaker over a series of decades. But very rarely does a specific year repre- sent the symbolic anniversary of a special clone that helped lift the Chardonnay grape variety to star-status over the past one hundred years of cultivation in the New World. New planting of the Old Wente clone at Sangiacomo family's Kiser Vineyard in Carneros. june 2012 / the tasting panel / 91 PHOTO: MIKE PUCCI OF SANGIACOMO VINEYARDS

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