Friday, May 12, 2006

Happy Mother's Day

With Mother's Day around the corner, I wanted to give tribute to someone's mother in the wine industry. I found the perfect mother and the perfect wine to recognize.

2005 Shirley Mays Chardonnay from Dunham Cellars is a tribute to winemaker Eric Dunham's grandmother, Shirley Mays. Shirley was born in the County of Walla Walla in 1920. She was a life long resident of the area and was married to Wendall Dunham (I love this black and white photo of Shirley Mays with her bright infectious smile). Mrs. Dunham died in 1983 of breast cancer. A portion of the proceeds from this limited wine are donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation and makes a special gift all year round.

This hand harvested and very special white wine is from the Dunham's Lewis Estate vineyard. Whole clustered Chardonnay was pressed on the first day of autumn in 2005. The wine was aged in 60% French oak (20% new barrels) and 40% of the wine was unoaked, so when blended it makes for a lightly oaked, more fruit forward style. Shirley Mays Chardonnay was released last week during Spring Release weekend. This Chardonnay is $35 a bottle and well worth it.

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