The Titus brothers continually amaze. I am not a domestic Chardonnay fan. But folks this one is an exception. It has all the right components, butter, oak, fruit, but the balance is what is impressive. Too many CA chardonnay taste like gnawing on cardboard and are all together flat.

This one is perfection. Rich, smooth and creamy. Notes of tree fruit, apple, pear and peach. What a delicious combination.

Enjoy $$


This was a real crappy day.  Rainy, cold and just yuck and to top it off I spent too much of my day off doing work. YUCK  On days like these I tend to need a real comfort food kinda evening.  One of my favorites growing up was sausage and rice.  My Mom would make this really heavy meal, filling and comfortable and it would make me feel so much better.  So tonight I made this meal and I am really happy to say that me daughter and wife also find it to be a comfort meal.   On this night I paired it with Lloyd Chardonnay.

Rob Lloyd is as they say a wine “rock star”.  He worked his way through the ranks, starting out in the tasting rooms and then after graduation at La Crema and Rombauer.  He started his own consulting company and wine label “Lloyd”.  His credits are Butter, JAM cellars and Lloyd cellars.  He is a consultant on many wines too.  Tonight I am enjoying the 2015 Chardonnay.

The 2015 Chardonnay is rich, creamy and buttery.  Full bodied with lots of ripe Carneros fruit, notes of vanilla that soften it up.  Hints of oak linger at the finish but not overpowering.  Loads of texture, a beautiful example  of what chardonnay could be.

Sausage and rice with Lloyd Chardonnay.  A great combination.



I am not a Chardonnay fan.  A friend gave me this wine over the Holidays. Always wanting to try something new I opened this last night.  There was a vague aroma of hay and oak, as I stuck my nose into the bottle.

The full golden color was a complete give away to what was coming.  Full, rich, buttery an big oak.  I am assuming the malolactic fermentation did exactly what it was supposed to do.

Full bodied but soft.  Big Buttery, oak bomb.  this is a very popular style of Chardonnay, not mine though.  But, leaving my personal tastes aside (I realize that MANY people love this style) this is a very good wine.  I admit i drank most of the bottle, I did I did.



this was a gift so I really am not sure the price, but I would think under 20

God didn’t make little green apples and it doesn’t rain in…..wherever, Martin Ray Chard, Los Carneros. Martin Ray is an old brand, currently owned by Courtney Benham. What he has done with this brand is amazing. Bringing it back to life and making it one of California’s top tier productions.

My wife is an ABC ( anything but chardonnay) kinda person.  But tonight I amazed her.

Opening the bottle the aroma of green apples blew through the room.  It was just overwhelming.

The golden straw color sparkles in he light.  Beautiful.

Taking a small sip my wifes’ eye lit up.  I did gooood. Matching the aroma, the taste of green apples, citrus, and pear.  So much fruit.  Balanced and full bodied. Perfect acidity.  This wine is great.  Smooth, rich, complex with a long fruit finish

One of the best wines I have had in a long time, not to mention Chardonnay.


Look at that gold
Look at that gold

So before I talk about the #ceja wines let me tell you a little bit about their history.  A family of immigrants (yes I am going there Trump), who through hard work, perseverance and the desire to live the American dream have succeeded in building one of the most respected and hi end wineries in Napa.  Working in various jobs in Napa the family literally learned the business from the ground up.  A true American success story..Amelia Ceja was named woman of the year in 2005, she and her daughter, Dalia, have graced the cover of many magazines and continue to build the brand in powerhouse fashion.  From the beginning with the first 15 acres purchased by Amelia and her husband Pedro and family members Pablo, Armando and Juanita.  Armando is now the winemaker at Ceja (and doing a magnificent job).  OK enough gushing about the family and their success.  (Just for the record.. I visited the vineyards a couple of years ago and was treated to a winetasting and food prepared by the matriarch  yummmmm.

Now to three of their wines.

Ceja Chardonnay Carneros;

First that beautiful color, golden straw, sunset, you take your pick.  Aromas that revel with citrus and green apple.  The mouth is coated in refreshing light crisp citrus notes, followed by notes of tree fruits, pear and apple.  Very well balanced.  A perfect summer refreshing white.

Ceja Pinot Noir Carneros

A light ruby color.  The nose is very floral, with hints of ripe red fruits.  The wine coats your mouth with so many flavors wow the depth of complexity is amazing.  Ripe red fruit flavors, plum and cherry followed by a spicy finish.  Beautiifully balanced with elegant soft tannins.

Ceja Vino de Casa Red Napa

Everyone loves a great red blend, a common table wine.  But this is anything other than a common wine.  Dark red, not quite garnet.  The bouquet erupts with aromas of violets and cherry.  Very fruity on the palate.  Rich red fruit, a long finish

Fruit and spice and everything nice.


Look at these gems….Enjoy