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Chablis Wine Details
Price: $6.75 per bottle

Description: Chablis is a semi-dry white wine made with 75% Thompson and 25% Palomino grapes. The wine is aged entirely in redwood tanks for twelve months, giving it a light, crisp, "apple like" flavor. It is a very nice "cocktail" wine.

Varietal Definition
Thompson Seedless:
Thompson Seedless, the California name for the white grape variety Sultana, is unquestionably the most planted grape in the Golden State. Its 267,000 acres in 1997 far surpassed total plantings of Chardonnay, which is California’s second most planted grape. Massive quantities of Thompson Seedless are grown in the hot, dry Central Valley, nearly two-thirds of it in Fresno County, the center of the state’s raisin production. Also popular in Arizona, this variety needs ample heat for harvesting in August and September. Most of the crop is used for table or dried grapes, with some of it used in jug wines made by bulk producers. Named for William Thompson, an early grower of the variety near Yuba City, the grape may have originated in Persia, modern-day Iran.
Palomino is a white grape widely grown in Spain and South Africa, and best known for its use in the manufacture of sherry. Also found in Australia and California where it is also used mainly to produce fortified wines, the grape was once thought to be the Golden Chasselas, a grape grown in California. The wine-must has tendency to oxidise quickly, a characteristic that can be ignored when used for sherry production. In Spain, the grape is split into the sub-varieties Palomino Fino, Palomino Basto, and Palomino de Jerez, of which Palomino Fino is by far the most important, being the principal grape used in the manufacture of sherry. The wine formed by fermentation of the grape is low in both acidity and sugar which, whilst suitable for sherry, ensures that any table wine made from it is of a consistently low quality, unless aided by acidification. In France, it is referred to as Listán, and in South Africa as Fransdruif or White French.


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