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June 2016

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june 2016  /  the tasting panel  /  107 risp, chilled and refreshing—the prerequisites for a summer white wine. Fortunately, these descriptors cover a vast array of thirst-quenching styles of wine. Whether helping a consumer search for something classic and easy to knock back or for something a bit more complex to go with richer cuisine, whether wanting to look no farther than the nearest vineyards or desiring to scour the world in search of something untasted: it's time to explore wines for summertime. Conveniently, Ferrari-Carano, and its sister win- ery, Lazy Creek Vineyards, actually make the search quite easy, as between the two wineries almost every style of wine finds its place. From Pinot Grigio and Fumé Blanc to Gewürztraminer and rosé to different styles of Chardonnay: Ferrari-Carano and Lazy Creek Vineyards have them covered. Don and Rhonda Carano founded Ferrari-Carano in 1981 in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County. Since then, they have expanded to own vineyards throughout Sonoma County as well as in neighboring counties Napa and Mendocino. The couple acquired the charming Lazy Creek Vineyards in Anderson Valley, Mendocino County, in 2008. "I try to preserve the characteristics of the aromas and fla- vors that come from our various vineyard sites," professes Ferrari-Carano Head Winemaker Sarah Quider. "Yet, there is an exotic side to it. It can have the aromas of spicy ginger and lychee nut," boasts Lazy Creek Vineyards Winemaker Christy Ackerman when describing Gewürztraminer. PHOTOS COURTESY OF FERRARI-CARANO PHOTOS COURTESY OF FERRARI-CARANO

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