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Wine Of The Week

Jan 5, 2011
Wine Of The Week
A Sonoma Coast star on the rise.

label shotAnyone who knows a thing or two about making great wine will say that in addition to the right vineyards, the right weather and the right people, you need a lot of luck.

For Ken and Akiko Freeman of Freeman Vineyard & Winery, that luck began in 1985 when the boat Ken was to help sail to the Caribbean was forced to stay put in Martha's Vineyard due to a hurricane. There he met Akiko who, like Ken, was also raised a lover of all things to edible and drinkable. The two married, and as Ken's career and vacations took the duo around the world, they never stopped exploring food and wine.

No matter how many countries the Freemans visited, however, they always came back to the Pinots and Chardonnays of Burgundy. So when they found an old barn with a wine-production permit in Sebastapol, Calif., they had a hunch that it'd be the right place for them to make some food-friendly Pinot and Chardonnay of their own. (It turns out, several other successful wineries had called this barn home prior to the Freemans' arrival.)

Freeman's current-release Ryo-Fu (Chinese for "cool breeze") Chardonnay is absolutely delicious and, at $43, easily rivals California wines that cost double or triple. For that alone, Freeman Chardonnay is our Wine of the Week. And ff white wine isn't your thing, check out Freeman's equally impressive Pinots. The Keefer Ranch Pinot, in particular, is light-bodied and rosé-colored like a delicate, complex Burgundy. It tastes like one, too.

Click here to find the Freeman wines at a retailer near you. And if you have another Sonoma wine you love that delivers incredible quality for the price, tell us about it below.

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