Founded in 1883, Wente Vineyards is the oldest continuously-operated, family-owned winery in the country; owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California's premier wine country destinations. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines.View Supplier Page
|Region||Livermore Valley, CA|
|Available In||BC AB SK MB|
Aromas of pear, citrus and vanilla.
Crisp flavours of green apple and tropical fruit, balanced by vanilla and a touch of toasty oak from barrel aging. With a mouth-filling body, balanced acidity and minerality, this wine delivers a medium-long refreshing finish.
Perfect pair for grilled salmon and seafood or just to sip on its own.
25% new French oak, 25% used American oak and 50% stainless steel. The oak provides hints of vanilla and texture and the steel preserves the naturally vibrant fruit flavors and minerality inherent in Livermore Valley Chardonnay. The barrel fermented portion was aged sur lie for 8 months and batonnage was performed monthly. This adds a creamy note to the wine and greatly enhances the texture. Sustainably Farmed. Estate Grown. Family Owned for 5 generations. Wente has the distinction of being the first California winery to varietally label Sauvignon Blanc in 1934 & Chardonnay in 1936.
Highly Recommended "Aromas of peach skin and musk while the palate shows fresh melon and fig. Distinct minerality on top of underripe pineapple and vanilla cream."
“A chilled glass of Chardonnay laced with the vanilla scent of American oak tastes classically Californian to me, and this refined version offers outstanding value. It swathes the palate with creamy-crisp flavours of best-ever lemon meringue pie followed by a resonant finish of toasted coconut and vanilla. And the structure is perfectly balanced, giving the wine an elegant, well-toned character that feels seamless in the mouth — rather than too angular or heavy. It’s a smart pre-dinner drink, especially with few salted potato chips or a bit of smoked salmon pâté on crackers. Plus, it carries through dinner with ease, pairing well with fish, seafood or poultry. Score: 92”
"A lovely, full-bodied, rich Californian white wine made from the state's iconic Chardonnay grape. Aromas of toasted almond, green apple and freshly baked bread. Pair with roast chicken or turkey."
“Full, ripe and classically Californian, yet with fresh, modern style acidity. Tropical fruit, toasty oak and a drop of vanilla in admirable balance. Available in Ontario and the above price, $19.49 in British Columbia, various prices in Alberta, $18.99 in Manitoba, $18.65 in Quebec, $20.99 in Prince Edward island.”
"Morning Fog is as consistent as the morning fog in the East Bay that cools the vineyards that are home to this wine. Expect a fresh, spicy, floral honeyed nose with a touch of fresh apple core. The attack is a citrus, nutty lees affair with bits of green apple, guava and pear with more citrus poking through the finish. Clams are a good fit here."
Editor's Choice "Lightly minty and peachy in aroma, this wine also delivers rich butter, vanilla and pear flavors and a smooth texture on the palate. A butterscotch note lingers on the finish."
Best Value. “A gorgeous, rich Californian Chardonnay from the cool climate of the Livermore Valley. Toasty oak wraps around green apple goodness. Perfect for roast chicken or turkey. Chardonnay food pairings: grilled maple glazed salmon, chicken picatta, seafood pasta with saffron cream sauce, roasted pork tenderloin with apple chutney.”
GOLD & Best of Show US White
"Wente first brought Chardonnay to Livermore in 1912, and released the first varietally-labelled chardonnay in the U.S in 1936. Since then the ‘Wente clone’ of chardonnay has spread around the world. Today Karl Wente represents the 5th generation of his family making wine in California. Wente Chardonnay is a Californian classic. It is tempting to call it ‘typical’ but actually it is not: too often typical Californian chardonnay is one-dimensional and obvious. This is something more distinctive, plush and rich, ripe and juicy, with plenty of tropical fruit, subtly-buttressed by oak. The wine is half fermented in neutral American oak, with the remainder in stainless making for a good balance of vanilla and tang. There is a good dollop of leesy character too, giving a satisfying pastry weight. Old school California in the best possible way – big, outgoing and generous. For a steal. Last tasted August 2016."
“Approachable, tropical, zesty. A crowd favourite, the approachable Wente offers loads of tropical fruit rolled in vanilla caramels with lemon curd, tangerine, and honeysuckle notes. Pineapple, sweet orange slices and honey lead the palate; it has an attractive weight with a complimentary zesty character. Pair: jalapeno cornbread, chicken salad, grilled smoked gouda panini or creamy pastas.”
20 Under $20 "The Wente family is deeply embedded in the history of California, and the 2015 Morning Fog is a perennial solid gold best buy. Have with simple baked chicken and garlic mashies for weekday dinner."