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Special Bottles

Friendsgiving with HafnerSpecial wines are shared for special occasions. Wine is meant to be enjoyed, not hidden away in a cellar. So we encourage you to open and share those bottles that you’ve been holding. We’d love it if you share your experience with us! Send us photos of the special bottles (perhaps with you and friends) that you enjoy in the coming weeks and you'll be entered into our drawing.


Malolactic Fermentation Chardonnay

Parke pulls a sample of malolactic ChardonnayWhen asked the question–“What has most influenced my winemaking philosophy/style?”–I would have to answer my internship at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. René Lafon opened my eyes to his traditional techniques that were considered revolutionary in California at the time. Malolactic fermentation is a secondary (bacterial) fermentation that occurs in most all red wines, but in California, in the early 1980’s, it was rare in white wines. In Burgundy, however, all of their Chardonnays undergo malolactic fermentation thanks to one primary reason–their wines would be too acidic without the secondary fermentation.