All the Hoopla

After a bit of an indulgent weekend with company, it was time to return to clean eating. And while that should mean a break from wine, one bottle was staring at me with puppy dog eyes.


Who could resist that little guy? Hoopla Chardonnay says it best on their label and on their site.

“Wine should be fun! We take the highest quality grapes, bring in top winemakers, and ask them to make something different that will make your tail wag with delight.”


Tails were wagging indeed.

The 2014 Yountville Chardonnay was lively with golden apple, pear, some white flowers and a bit of citrus. This was an elegant wine, the most enjoyable Chardonnay I’ve had in a while.

I paired it with salmon which I coated with sautéed shallots, mayonnaise, Dijon, lemon juice and herbs before grilling. A green salad and a side of Israeli couscous with sautéed shallot and zucchini rounded out the meal.DSC_0637

Spencer and Lindsay Hoopes, along with Dante,”The Boss,” are bringing their love of life and wine to Napa. Their goal is to combat stuffy attitudes about wine but I have a feeling that this Chardonnay would please even the stuffiest drinkers. Try it and see what all the hoopla is about. Cheers!

{This wine was provided as a media sample by Public New York City. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}







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Wine lover. Oenophile. Wanna-be-sommelier. Mom. Mommy. MA-MAAAAA!!!!!! Grocery shopper, budding nutritionist, dish scrubber, meat cutter. My love of wine started in my mid-twenties. I have no formal training, just a decent palatte and a desire to learn. And I am pretty good in the kitchen. The more I learn, the greater the desire to educate myself through articles, blogs, travel, and surrounding myself with others who like to discuss wine. When things calm down (what's that?) in my life, I may choose a formal education in the arena, but for now, I will taste, share, and taste some more. My descriptors may or may not be "correct." My pairings may wow, surprise, or may not "work." But, the best learning is through trial and error, right? Especially when the "trial" means drinking more wine. So, if you are up for a little wisdom about wine, and a lot of wine-induced wisdom, come along for the ride

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