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Combining history, tradition and sustainability at Trinchero Family Estates

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It was a beautiful day in the Napa Valley driving past vineyards shedding their leaves for their winter’s rest. Trinchero Napa Valley Winery located in bucolic St. Helena was the destination for a special tasting.

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The tasting included wine from three brands from their portfolio. The first part of the tasting compared Carmen from the oldest winery in Chile, alongside Trinchero's flagship Cabernet from the Central Park West estate vineyard. While the two wineries are geographically separated by a continent their philosophies are similar. Both are family run operations, producing high quality wine while employing eco-friendly practices.

We tasted a Carmen Petite Sirah that was bold and fruit forward by itself and then paired with a rich cheese. The comparison was dramatic - tannins softened, transforming it into a smooth silky texture. Next we tried the Trinchero Cabernet Sauvignon Central Park West vineyard tasting of plum and cherry, also great with the cheese. Both wines were full bodied with dark fruit characteristics, wine to be savored, that would enhance a grilled steak or short ribs.

The third wine we tasted from the portfolio was from the Taken Wine Company which includes Taken, Complicated and Available wines, designed for a younger audience, the name is a play on Facebook status. The wine is a partnership between Carlo Trinchero and Josh Phelps, boyhood friends. We enjoyed a Complicated Chardonnay and a Taken Red Wine (Cabernet and Merlot) with our meal. The Chardonnay tasted of stone fruit with a subtle oak flavor while the red blend was smooth and fruit forward, impressive wine from these newcomers.

What is remarkable about Trinchero Family Estates is their philosophy to waste nothing. This translates into producing wine from sustainably farmed grapes, reducing energy and water usage, as well as recycling and reusing every possible resource from grape pomace, to capturing and treating water from wine production and re-using it to irrigate vineyards. In fact they have reduced their water consumption so significantly from the industry standard of 5-6 gallons of water per one gallon of wine to 1.5 gallons of water, it is no wonder they have received recognition for these practices.

They are certified through Napa Green and have received the “Green Business Award” through Napa County and for over 10 years have been awarded the WRAP (Waste Reduction Awards Program) from California’s Integrated Waste Management Board. And it doesn’t stop there. Their program One Bottle, One Tree plants a tree in deforested global locations for every bottle of Trinity Oaks sold; to date the program has planted over 10 million trees in Africa, Asia and Latin America. And Carmen is one of the first South American wineries to obtain Sustainable certification for their farming practices as well as using environmentally friendly practices in wine production operations.

It’s a wonderful surprise when a passion for doing right by the environment also results in remarkable wine, thanks to Trinchero Family Estates.

Details: Trinchero Family Estates owns many different wine brands, find out more information about their wine and green practices on their website. Visit Trinchero Napa Valley Winery, open for tasting daily from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. and located at 3070 N. St. Helena Highway, St. Helena, California, phone 707-963-1160.

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