We're delighted to report that the current releases of Charnu Cabernet Sauvignon received ... [»]
It's certainly been a rollercoaster growing season for us, but Fall is finally here and it's time to release the Charnu 2007 Cabernet Sauvignon. You've probably heard the praise being heaped on this vintage. Well, at least in the case of Charnu, it's well-deserved. We believe this release is exceptional, and we're excited to share it with you. The warm growing season resulted in an elegant Cabernet that it is immediately approachable, yet still has the structure to age. Buy Charnu If you'd like more details on this vintage, we have plenty of information on our website. Orders will begin shipping in October 2010, when temperatures have moderated. We'd love to hear what you think of it!
If you're on our mailing list, you know that we now have a white wine — Charnu 2009 Cuvée Blanc. We announced this to our Mailing List subscribers this Spring, and everyone who's tasted it has loved it. Because we made so little Cuvée Blanc (54 cases), we initially limited it to our Wine Club members. But by now they've had their chance to get some. So, because so many people asked about purchasing, we decided to open up sales to everyone. It's a blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon. Mark's tasting notes say: "The 2009 Charnu Cuvee Blanc has a vast and expressive nose, accented by notes of honeysuckle, jasmine and white peach. Flavors of clove and baked apple flesh out its creamy palate. An essence of Meyer lemon lends a bright acidity to the long finish. It is a succulent wine that can be enjoyed immediately." It's a great summertime wine, so go to the online store and ... [»]
We just sent out the release emails for our Fall release – the 2006 Cabernet Sauvignon. It's amazing how many details go into setting up a release. Scrubbing the Mailing List. Updating the order forms. Making sure that everything is set up correctly in our online store. For us, there was a lot more to do for this release than would normally be required, because we are significantly expanding the states we can ship to. The 2005 release went essentially just to California. There wasn't much of it, so it didn't make sense to apply for direct inter-state shipping permits. As you may already know, shipping wine direct to consumers in another state is a quagmire. Every state has different rules. In some states it's illegal. In others, the process is so cumbersome or expensive that it's impractical. For states where you can get a permit to ship direct, you are generally signing up for a significant reporting effort. States often require out-of-state wineries to submit monthly sales tax, excise tax and shipment reports even if there were no sales to that state in that month. This release, we decided to get shipping permits for all states that "made sense". That obviously means states that permit it. But more importantly, it means states that are likely to be a market for our wines. So we hope to be able to ship to: Alaska California Colorado Florida Iowa Michigan Minnesota Missouri New Mexico Nevada New Hampshire New York North Carolina Ohio Oregon Texas Virginia Washington Washington D.C. As you can see, this is a big change for us. Is it completely set up yet? No. We could ... [»]