Virtual Wine Tasting Featuring Hanzell Winery with Special Guest Jason Jardine

Wednesday, November 4, 2020 - 06:00 PM

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"Drink a glass of wine after your soup and you steal a ruble from the doctor."  Russian Proverb


It’s Wednesday at that means time for our virtual wine tasting! 

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We are hosting virtual tastings every Wednesday on Zoom and Instagram live which will be posted to Instagram TV.  So, if you can’t make it at 6pm to chat with our good friend David Adelsheim you can see the presentation anytime after that on our Instagram TV channel.  Join us as we welcome one of the top producers from the Willamette valley on Wednesday, October 21st at 6pm EST.  We will be showing four wines from Adelsheim Winery and we have a package of these four wines listed on this e-mail and in the Wine Watch gift Box section at   If you want to follow along you can purchase all four wines in one pack or any of the wines individually on our web page just type in Adelsheim and you will find the selections we are showcasing for the event along with all the wines available from this landmark Willamette Valley winery.


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On Wednesday, October 28th we are off to Champagne as the holidays approach with the man who resurrected Maison Deutz, Fabrice Rosset.  Fabrice worked at Louis Roederer for 22 years and was brought in to bring this classic Champagne house back to prominence.  The Deutz Champagne house began with German origins, Champagne Deutz was founded in 1838 by two Prussian immigrants, William Deutz and Pierre-Hubert Geldermann. It was acquired by Louis Roederer in 1993 and now owns 42 hectares of vineyard and has an extensive sourcing network for grapes.  They now make 14 different cuvees and shipped 2.5 million bottles shipped last year. This year they were on par to ship 2.8 million bottles but we all know what happened. 

Join us as we welcome Fabrice for a tasting of three Champagnes which you can buy as a three pack in the Wine Watch gift Box section at   If you can’s make it at 2pm on the 28th of October, I understand some of you have to work, you can follow along any time after that on our Instagram TV channel to see the presentation. 

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Next up is one of the first Burgundian style producers of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from California Hanzell winery and we have the President/Director of Winemaking for this Iconic winery on hand this afternoon to discuss three new releases and you can purchase these as a three pack with the link below or type in Hanzell and purchase any of them individually to follow along on Wednesday, November 4th at 6pm EST or watch the presentation at your leisure anytime after that on the Wine Watch Instagram TV Channel. 
We invite you to follow along live for this tasting and remember please dress appropriately if you are on our zoom call.

Virtual Wine Tasting featuring Hanzell Winery

with Special Guest Jason Jardine

Wednesday, November 4th  

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Three pack of virtual tasting wines
2018 Hanzell Sebella Chardonnay Sonoma
Price: $35.00 Sale Price: $24.75

WINE WATCH REVIEW: This wine has a beautiful nose laced with flowers, lemon drop candy, apricot and a nice touch of minerality. A smooth and creamy texture on the tongue with a good amount of juicy fruit very fresh and bright with white floral notes and zesty lemon citrus notes through the finish. A forward and seductive wine that drinking nicely right now and should continue to drink well over the next 3-5 years. Finish 40+. TASTING DATE 11/15/19

2015 Hanzell Chardonnay Estate Sonoma
Price: $64.50   Your Price: $56.76 

(93 Points) The 2015 Chardonnay is a little reticent to begin, slowing unfurling to reveal lemon tart, apple pie and nectarine notions with hints of honeyed toast, cashews and orange blossoms. The medium-bodied palate is refreshing and elegantly styled with many citrus and stone fruit layers accented by savory suggestions and a satiny texture, finishing long and mineral laced.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate


2015 Hanzell Estate Pinot Noir Sonoma
Price: $106.75 Sale Price: $93.94

(94 Points) Pale ruby-purple colored, the 2015 Pinot Noir leaps from the glass with gregarious kirsch, fresh raspberries and wild strawberry scents with touches of rose hip tea, lavender, cinnamon stick, underbrush and dried herbs. The medium-bodied palate possesses bags of finesse and wonderful vibrancy, with the perfumed red fruit well framed by fine-grained tannins and great freshness, finishing on a lingering floral tea note.  Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Price: $175.50

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Topic: Virtual Wine Tasting Featuring Hanzell Winery
Time: Nov 4, 2020 06:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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A bit about Hanzell Winery:

Ambassador James D. Zellerbach founded Hanzell Vineyards in 1953 with a vision to create wines that could compete on the world stage.  Named after his wife Hana, Hanzell sits at the southern toe of the Mayacamas mountain range overlooking the south-western end of Sonoma Valley and San Pablo Bay.  After extensive time spent in Burgundy, Zellerbach returned inspired and educated by the region’s wines and grapes—Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  He then planted these two varieties at a time when there were less than a few hundred acres of each planted in North America.  Since 1975, Hanzell has been solely owned by the de Brye family, who is dedicated to the preservation of tradition with a progressive and holistic approach which will ensure the sustainability for generations to come.

Alexander de Brye inherited a £30m fortune while a 17-year-old public school pupil after his mother, Countess Barbara de Brye, died in 1991. Her estate included the Hanzell Vineyards in California, renowned for chardonnay and pinot noir, which de Brye still owns today. He has a Wiltshire estate and homes in California and Australia. "I see the winery as part of my family for generations to come. It is my honor and responsibility to support this estate as Hanzell is special to me personally and privately but also has great significance in the history of California winemaking. ”

Alexander de Brye has presided over Hanzell for the longest period of Hanzell's considerable history and with his patronage the historical property and deep traditions of Hanzell have been honored, protected and promoted.

Integrated Farming philosophy is rooted in a holistic approach where the vineyard is one part of an interconnected farm eco-system.  In addition to our forty-six acres of vineyards you will find sheep, pigs, chickens, geese, dogs, cats, turkeys, deer, vegetable gardens and fruit orchards, all working harmoniously together to enhance the well-being of the land and ultimately, the well-being of their people.  their “bio farm” approach allows them to reduce their carbon footprint by limiting all outside inputs and making use of natural nutrient cycles, just as farming was prior to the advent of chemical applications.  They weave in bio-dynamic principles as well as science-based farm management systems to strive for one day being 100% self-sustained.  Today, any material brought on property from outside sources are Certified Organic solely from manufacturers with strong ethical, social, and environmental platforms.

The original 6 acre vineyard has grown to 42 acres today, allowing Hanzell to produce 6,000 cases annually: three-quarters Chardonnay and one-quarter Pinot Noir. Through six decades Hanzell has pursued empirical winemaking and established traditions on which great cellar-worthy winemaking is predicated. The Hanzell wines honor Ambassador Zellerbach's vision and carry forward one of the greatest legacies of winemaking in the New World.

The role of “winemaking” at Hanzell has always been to nurture the process from grapes to wine without compromising the distinct qualities Mother Nature has so generously given them.  They strive to capture and illuminate the personalities of their diverse bio farm, greater surroundings, and people through the wines with an emphasis on harmony, verve, freshness, and structure. In keeping with their time-honored traditions, their wines are produced in small lots using state-of-the-art technology to manage fermentation and aging, while still keeping with the natural rhythms of the fruit and the wine.  All production processes are viewed through the lens of the land, with thoughtful consideration of the unique qualities each vintage wishes to express.  They are known for the age-ability and continuity of their wines and this is the core tenet at the root of their philosophy.     

Winemaker/General Manager Bob Sessions carried forward with Zellerbach’s Burgundian vision from 1973 to 2001. Six years before his retirement in 2001, he hired Daniel Docher as Apprentice Vigneron. The two men worked together through seven harvests, putting their hands and minds around Hanzell’s winemaking philosophy and traditions. Trained by Bob, Daniel has been personally responsible for production beginning with the 1997 vintage. In 2001 Daniel Docher became winemaker at Hanzell Vineyards.

Today Michael McNeill carries on the winemaking tradition and the legacy of this great wine.  Michael has spent many years and worked with dozens of vineyards throughout California and Oregon. In his early winemaking days, McNeill honed his talent and skill at Chalone Vineyard. His appointment as Winemaker at Hanzell in 2008 brought him full circle in working with the great California pioneers. Here at Hanzell, informed by tradition, he seeks to produce wines that best express the special and unique qualities of this place.

Taking over as President and Director of Winemaking of Hanzell Vineyards in spring of 2014, Jason brings extensive wine business experience that starts literally from the ground up.  After planting his first vineyard at the age of 18, Jason has acted as Vineyard Manager, Director of Winemaking and President for some of the finest wineries in the country including Flowers Vineyard and Winery, Rhys Vineyards, Clos Du Val, and Domaine Serene amongst others.  With tremendous passion, Jason leads the Hanzell team through the implementation of Integrated Biological Farming practices, allowing the vineyards to thrive and best express themselves in our wines.  When not working here on the farm, you can find Jason in the family vegetable garden and spending time with his wife Ali and their two children, Gabriel and Pippin.  Jason holds an MBA from Southern Methodist University Cox School of Business.

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