Chris and Brig's House
Tasted Sunday, November 10, 2013 by brigcampbell with 403 views
Most people would never think about wine in terms of a personal journey of either the wine drinker or the producer and why would they? Many of the widely available wines commonly found in grocery and liquor stores are the product of large commercial businesses and are designed to satisfy the broadest cross-section of consumers. I never thought about it until I really began to explore wine and what unfolded was the revelation of a large community of dedicated small production winemakers creating wines they love and hope others that share a mutual passion appreciate their efforts. This is one such story.
I wrote this story for Wineberserkers and you can read it over here with pictures.
A Passion for Chardonnay
Nikki and Jeff Nelson are the owners of Liquid Farm and through Wine Berserkers we struck up a conversation because I found their wine very enjoyable and the personal motivation to be a producer intriguing. After learning we were organizing a tasting with fellow Wine Berserkers Nikki graciously offered to participate and bring her full complement of wines for the group to taste. Here’s insight into their journey in their own words.
We seek to support local viticulture and honor our palates' love for old world wines that have naturally high acidity and are not masked by many of the modern day manipulations.
To do so, we selfishly decided to make what we most love to drink: Chardonnay that is earth and mineral driven from cool climates with little or no new oak. To achieve these qualities we were drawn to one of the coolest of all California AVA's, Sta. Rita Hills. Located in Santa Barbara County, it is home to some of the most Chardonnay-suited, unique, ancient soils in North America.