Fetzer's winery in California has been bottling wines since The Beatles released their White Album
Bought by Chile's Concha y Toro in 2011, these wines have developed a relaxed drinkability thanks to the influence of the Chilean winemakers.
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As it closes in on the 250th anniversary of the opening of its first winery it must irk California to be lumped in with the gaggle of New World countries, like Australia, New Zealand and those in South America, who wear the lack of consumer awareness regarding their winemaking histories like a badge of cool.
Proving my point is the number of Golden State wineries who have started bragging about their origins. A great example is Fetzer Vineyards, a winery that I’m betting was bottling their first vintage, in 1968, to the tune of The Beatles “White Album” that was released in the fall of the same year.
A lot has happened to Fetzer in nearly five decades. Bought by Chile’s Concha y Toro in 2011, its wines, while keeping their personalities firmly Californian, have developed a relaxed drinkability thanks to the influence of the Chilean winemaking team.
Fetzer’s 2014 Valley Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon ($11.95-$15.99) has a rich mix of black fruit and balanced tannins that typify the winery’s updated style.
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