Locals - A Collective Tasting Room
Come visit us at Locals located at the gateway to Alexander Valley in the once sleepy hamlet of Geyserville. Locals is a collective tasting room featuring the wines of 6 local boutique wineries. Taste over 30 unique wines from talented and noted neighborhood winemakers. These are small-scale producers making premium quality and hard to find award-winning wines.
While sampling these unique selections, discover the works of area black and white photographers, listen to music from local Sonoma Country musicians and be intrigued by Locals whimsical collection of art moderne wine accessories. It all combines to create an eclectic and tasty environment.
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Chardonnay & Oak Aging
This dry white wine, made from the Chardonnay grape, is the most popular of its variety. Chardonnay ranges in style, with some oakier versions contributing to taste. The purpose of Chardonnay aged in oak is to add some of the oaks characters, along with helping the wine develop its texture. Winemakers may lightly toast the inner surface of barrels, allowing the smoky oak or toasty characters to be detected in the final product. Oak gives the taste a dimension of spiciness and adds a hint of vanilla or coconut to the grapes aroma. The oak and Chardonnay combination is a favorite that is sure to last!
Basic Principles of Successful Food-Wine Pairing
The main rule to remember about pairing wine with food is that there are no rules: you should drink the wines you like with the foods you like. That being said, there are some basic guidelines that can help you maximize your enjoyment of wine-food pairing.
- Match the weight & texture of the food to the weight & texture
of the wine
Example: A light-bodied fish like sole works best with a light-bodied white wine like pinot grigio,
while a heavier-bodied
fish like salmon calls for a richer, fuller-bodied white like chardonnay.
- Balance the intensity of flavors in the food and wine
Example: A mildly flavored food like roast turkey pairs well with light-bodied white and red wines like sauvignon
blanc and Beaujolais, but in the context of a Thanksgiving dinner featuring stuffing, cranberry sauce, and other
strongly flavored side dishes, an intensely flavored white like gewürztraminer or a rich, fruity red like
syrah or zinfandel would be preferable.
- Balance tastes
The five basic tastes are sweet, sour, salt, bitter and umami (the recently discovered fifth taste found in savory
foods like mushrooms, tomatoes, soy sauce, and aged cheeses and meats). Salty and sour tastes in food make wines
taste milder (fruitier and less acidic), while sweet and savory (umami) tastes make wines taste stronger (drier
and more astringent).
Example: A simple cut of beef tames the tannins and brings out the fruit of a young cabernet sauvignon, but chocolate
(which some people enjoy with cabernet) will accentuate its tannins and diminish its fruit. Seasonings, such as salt,
lemon, vinegar, and mustard, can be used to achieve balance in food-wine pairings, either to make the wine taste
milder (salt, lemon, vinegar) or stronger (sugar or umami ingredients).
- Match flavors
Flavors are combinations of tastes and aromas, and there are an infinite number of them. You can fine-tune food and
wine pairings by matching flavors in the food and the wine.
Example: Roast duck in a plum sauce is well-served by red wines, like barbera or syrah, with pronounced black plum
flavors while grilled steak in a pepper sauce will go beautifully with a peppery zinfandel.
- Counterpoint flavors
Sometimes, the best choice is to counterpoint flavors rather than matching them.
Example: Pairing a spicy dish like Jamaican Jerk Chicken with a high-alcohol red wine may seem
logical, but, in fact, the heat in the dish will ignite the alcohol in the wine to produce an unpleasantly hot,
A better choice is a low-alcohol, fruity wine like riesling or gewürztraminer, which will both frame and tame
the spicy flavors of the dish.