Food & Drink

October 12, 2015

Cairdean Estate Wines – Alternative White Wines

Cairdean is Scottish Gaelic for friends, which reflects the Cairdean Estate belief that wine is meant to be shared by those held close to your heart. The Cairdean symbol is a representation of that belief with the four hearts always present and brought together in the center by friendship. Cairdean Estate is the vision of husband and wife Edwin and Stacia Williams. Cairdean Estate is the story and vision of turning a passion into a business. Armed with a degree in Enology & Viticulture from Fresno State Stacia and Edwin searched for a quintessential wine country lifestyle, and they settled on a 50 acre parcel on highway 29 in Saint Helena just north of downtown in Napa Valley.

The Cairdean Estate alternative white wines are exciting and fresh, and not just for summer sipping but ideal year round; especially with Thanksgiving around the corner. The cornucopia of tastes and flavors on the Thanksgiving table puts Cairdean Estate whites on the top of the list for ideal food and wine matching.

Cairdean Estate Wines

Cairdean Estate Wines

Starting with Cairdean’s Picpoul Blanc, Literally translated means “lip stinger” shares its excitement in the glass with a light, pale color, tropical fruit aromatics and floral essence. On the palate, this wine is balanced with it’s eponymous “lip stinger” bite. Ideal wine to wake up that white meat roasted turkey. SRP $25

Cairdean Estate Roussane This Rhone varietal adapts to its locale. In the warm climate of Napa Valley the Cairdean Estate Roussane is rich with honey and pear, balanced with flowery herbs. A full bodied wine, this yellow gold wine is soft and round making it an ideal wine for classic root vegetables served at Thanksgiving. SRP $25

Cairdean Fume Blanc California-style Fumé Blancs are Sauvignon Blanc. However, not all Fumé Blancs and Sauvignon Blancs are created equal. The Cairdean Estate Fumé Blanc is pale straw in color with aromas of caramel, vanilla, honey and toast which comes from its barrel-fermentation, signaling to its cousin Chardonnay. The balance is shared with the nimble of Sauvignon Blanc making this a very model of Fumé Blanc. Ideal pairing with those buttery, creamy Thanksgiving vegetables.  SRP $32

Cairdean Estate Gewurtztraminer This perfumey wine is light and sweet, a sipping wine ideal pairing for the sweeter-style vegetables on your Thanksgiving table or as an aperitif between courses. SRP $24

Cairdean Estate Riesling Ideal as a dessert wine. This golden colored wine shows off much in the way of pears and peaches and pineapple mixed with honey and marshmallow. Nicely acidic and soft idea with Thanksgiving fruit pie desserts. SRP $19

Cairdean Estate 3111 State Hwy 29, St. Helena, CA 94574

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