Lot 907 Napa Valley Blanc de Blanc

A sparkling Napa Valley Blanc de Blancs made just like Champagne, from 100% Napa Valley Chardonnay grapes.

We had to triple-check that the fact sheets on this great sparkling find weren’t somehow mixed up with a great traditional-method Champagne. Lot 907 is the kind of wine that makes you do a double (or triple) take: “Wait, this is from Napa Valley?!?”

Indeed it is—Lot 907 is a sparkling Blanc de Blancs made just like Champagne, from 100% Napa Valley Chardonnay grapes (with a mere four grams of sugar per liter in the Brut style). Our extended CHW team happens to include a nearly four-decade veteran sommelier and wine director who helped source this exceptional sparkler—aged in the bottle by the producer!—and offered it to us thanks to our deep industry contacts. Simply put, Lot 907 is the kind of wine that put CH Wine on the map for its incredible deals!

Shimmering visually and on the palate, Lot 907 gives much more expensive bubbles a serious run for their money. Opening with elegant floral, toast, and apple notes, the fine bubbles and lifted nose belie the tropical richness that waits once you get into your mouth. Every sip of this sparkler invites yet another, and another, and another… Let’s just say you will want to have plenty of bottles on hand, as this kind of price/quality ratio will put Lot 907 at the top of your “house pour” list this summer.

Opening with a clear light blond hue, a gorgeous bouquet, and a fine, persistent mousse, the casual observer should be forgiven for at first mistaking this for a classy, non-vintage Champagne in the glass. Aromas of white flower blossom, Granny Smith apple, brioche, and melon are met with just-ripe tropical fruit flavors, and the result is a pleasure to imbibe. The mouthfeel is classic Champagne-method bubbly, at once round, smooth and inviting, while also being energetic and buoyant. This 100% Napa Chardonnay sparkler shimmers both visually and on the palate and gives a lot of more expensive bubblies a serious run for their money.

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting of this Napa Valley Blanc de Blanc.

Tasting Video Highlights:

  • 00:00 Intro
  • 00:12 Lot 907 Info
  • 00:51 Opening the Bottle
  • 01:43 The Pour
  • 02:02 In the Glass
  • 02:23 On the Nose
  • 02:58 The Taste
  • 03:24 Serving and Pairing

Video Transcript:

Katy Long says
Welcome back to the CH Wine tasting room. I’m Katy Long and today lot 907. This gem is a Napa valley 100% chardonnay. It’s a block to block. What does that mean? This is a sparkling wine made in the traditional method right here in the Napa Valley. This is a beautiful wine that has been aged for at least 15 months on its lees in this bottle.

So this traditional method, unlike the Prosecco, is that you can also find in our store this wine is made in a way that hearkens back to the old list of winemaking traditions fermented and re fermented in this bottle. So I’m going to go ahead and give it an open. I encourage you when you’re doing this to go ahead and chill the bottle pretty well.

It’ll not only make the wine more enjoyable and then you do drink it, but it’ll make opening it just a little bit easier. So we got to unwrap our cage, and when I open this wine, I’m going to be really careful. I like to open it on the countertop itself, but I’m going to rotate the bottle and not the cork.

So our goal is to make this as quiet as possible. Some might say make it sound like a nun whispering in church. So let’s see if I can do that. Nailed it. So Lot 907. Let’s see what it looks like. I have to pour myself a bit of a generous pour. I have to say I am a fan of sparkling wines.

Of all kinds, but I particularly love method Champagne more so this wine has a beautiful mousse. It is also this gorgeous kind of pale golden color. It is 100% chardonnay, but again, that long aging on leaves is going to give it a bit more of a golden color. And I don’t know if you can see what I can see, but these bubbles are tiny, They are delicate.

They are persistent. These are all hallmarks of a really special sparkling wine. Let’s give it a sniff, huh? Wow. There’s something about a traditional method. Sparkling wine. It has brioche notes. It has kind of a baked biscuit like character to accentuate these really ripe citrus flavors yellow, apple, green apple and almost a hint of, like, sailing minerality. Wow, that’s fun.

And of course, have it. I have to swirl. You don’t necessarily have to swirl in the sparkling wine, but sometimes habit takes over. Let’s give it a taste. Mm. Oh, that is fantastic. Mouthwatering, juicy yellow and green apple. It’s like Meyer lemon, bitter tangerine. This is showing that Napa Valley ripeness of fruit, but a provenance of winemaking quality.

Wow. I know that there are only 500 cases available. This is a wine that is suitable for wonderful everyday celebrations. Pair it with maybe chips or fried chicken even, but it can also be quality enough to show at your most fun, big festive gatherings throughout the season. So I know I’m going to be stocking up on this and I encourage you to do the same.

So until next time, cheers.




Lot 918 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc

Lot 918 2022 Clarksburg Chenin Blanc, is a fruit orchard in a glass. We wish we could tell you the source winery for this alluring white, but an NDA prevents us from spilling the beans. We can tell you the Chenin Blanc grapes for Lot 918 come from a sustainably-farmed single vineyard along a winding river delta in Clarksburg, an hour and a half east of Napa. This area is known for its hot summer weather and long growing season. Cool breezes flow along the delta to bring temperatures down at night during those summer months of heat in California’s Central Valley.

The Lot 918 is zesty and fresh, bursting out the gate with white flowers, lime blossoms, candied peach, and apricot cream. Open and expansive on entry, with waves of beautiful silken fruit that call to mind kiwi, apricots, poached pear, peach ring, and even a hint of watermelon rind.

Now that you’ve got the picture Lot 918, imagine this: you, with a chilled glass of this off-dry Chenin in hand, surrounded by an appetizer bar stocked with plump, ripe, juicy farmer’s market fresh strawberries with whipped cream and chocolate sauce for dipping. It’s the kind of scene we’ll be repeating every Friday night for the foreseeable future. Will you join us?

If you’re a fan of sparkling wine, you’ll find a friend in this off-white. It has a kiss of sweetness, but the acid tension is so present that the wine is seemingly dry. One whiff, and you’ll be picturing a lush fruit orchard after a gentle summer rain.

Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting of this Clarksburg Chenin Blanc.

Wine Tasting Video Highlights:

  • 0:00 Introduction
  • 0:20 About Chenin Blanc
  • 1:00 The nose of the wine
  • 1:45 On the palate – Taste
  • 2:43 Perfect Pairings




Lot 909 2022 Oregon Pinot Noir

An Oregon Pinot Noir that is refreshing and balanced, light to medium-bodied.

It’s always good to be reminded of why certain regions are ideal for growing certain grapes. Lot 909 2022 Oregon Pinot Noir offers a definitive reminder for why Pinot Noir is like the horse to Willamatte Valley’s carriage (they go together like a—you know the song). The dynamic source winery for this Pinot also blended in grapes from the Applegate and Illinois Valleys in Southern Oregon. And that, dear friends, is the secret sauce to this bright, irresistible, Pinot Noir.

Named for the Illinois River, the Illinois Valley, is home to the oldest vineyard in southern Oregon’s Rogue Valley AVA, and its high-elevation sandy, silty, gravely soils rife with ancient glacial deposits give vines a struggle for life, which, in this case, translates to Pinot Noir elegance. Meanwhile, grapes growing in Applegate Valley—a high-elevation, stunning mountainous region—benefit from warm days and cold nights and contribute a plush, juicy quality to Lot 909.

We’ve got a ‘wow’ factor going on in this refreshing and balanced, light to medium-bodied Oregon Pinot Noir, which is officially our favorite new cocktail-hour wine. Showcasing rich, juicy cherry and cranberry fruit, smoky clove, elegant brown baking spices, conifer, and earth, all hallmarks of Pinot grown in the Pacific Northwest. Add to that vivid blood orange acid tension, and at 13% alcohol, you’ll be reaching for a second bottle before that roast chicken is done roasting.

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting of Lot 909.




Lot 913 2021 Puglia, Italy Primitivo

Italian Primitivo with incredible power and elegance, sourced from producers with more than 100 years of family history in winemaking across multiple regions of Italy.

An iron fist in a velvet glove—that pretty much sums up the incredible balance of power and elegance that you’ll find in our Lot 913 2021 Puglia Primitivo from Italy. Primitivo, of course, is the cousin of Zinfandel, which thrives in the abundant sunlight and tempering Mediterranean ocean influences that Puglia has always enjoyed as a winegrowing region. It almost goes without saying that Zinfandel fans will absolutely want to try this release!

We sourced Lot 913 from a long-time CHW partner with more than 100 years of family history in winemaking across multiple regions of Italy. We can’t give too much away here, but their wines are regular Gold and Silver medal winners at various international wine competitions, so we were particularly excited when this lot became available.

If you like your reds bold, spicy, fruity, expressive, and dark, then Lot 913 is absolutely for you. All the classic Zin/Primitivo markers are here in abundance, like white pepper and coffee spiciness, jammy and plummy black fruit flavor, and an ultra-smooth, generous mouthfeel. All the while, there’s earthy complexity and surprising structure, too—enough so that this Primitivo will match up to almost any hearty, red meat dish you could throw at it during your next dinner party. You could also just toss a few burgers on the grill and pour a big glass of this big red alongside. At this price, why not do both?

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting.

Topics Include:

  • 00:00 Intro to Lot 913 Puglia Primitivo
  • 00:12 About Puglia, Italy and Primitivo Grapes and Wine
  • 00:46 Color and Legs of Italian Primitivo wine
  • 00:56 An Every Day Sipper
  • 01:13 The Nose of Primitivo
  • 01:36 The Taste of Lot 913 Primitivo
  • 02:00 Aperitif and/or Food Pairing

Cameron Hughes Wine Lot 913 Italian Primitivo




Lot 908 2019 Russian River Valley Chardonnay

Russian River Valley Chardonnay produced in a rich, buttery style for Lot 908 from the 2019 vintage.

If California has an ideal template for rich, textured, creamy Chardonnay, it’s undoubtedly Montrachet (or “Le Montrachet”): the coveted Grand Cru of Burgundy’s Côte de Beaune, where France has set the world’s standard for heady, oak-influenced whites. And if California has its own “Montrachet,” it’s undoubtedly Sonoma’s Russian River Valley.

Situated just over 50 miles north of San Francisco, the Russian River is now synonymous with award-winning, critically-acclaimed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, just like France’s fabled Burgundy itself. It’s always a treat to find the kind of hedonistic, creamy Chardonnay there that gets a lot of CH Wine aficionados swooning, and find one we did in Lot 908 2019 Russian River Valley Chardonnay.

We peeled this deliciously decadent Lot off from a higher-end producer who—luckily for us—didn’t end up needing a full allocation. After one taste, we grabbed it without hesitation so that we could offer you another rich, buttery-style Russian River Valley delight (at a gobsmackingly affordable price).

Fans of the style are going to want to stock up on Lot 908 before we run out of this delectable nectar. Waves of tropical fruit, ripe citrus, flower blossoms, peaches, apples, and toasty oak keep coming and coming in this Chardonnay, arriving like the tide with each sniff and sip. Speaking of seaside comparisons, you can almost feel your toes in the sand and the sun shining down on your face when this buttery, bold beauty hits your lips.

Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting.

Topics Include:

  • 00:00 Introduction to the Tasting Panel, Sommelier, and Lot 908
  • 00:15 About Chardonnay Grape and Varietal, and the Russian River Valley
  • 00:37 Limited Production / Small Batch aspect of Lot 908
  • 00:52 On the Nose of this Russian River Chardonnay
  • 01:28 Lot 908 Chardonnay Taste
  • 02:17 Where does it fit in your cellar? What food to pair this Chardonnay with?




Lot 910 2022 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc

A Jaunty Summer Sipper at an Almost Unbelievable Price

We just have to say we’ve outdone ourselves with Lot 910 2022 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc—and we hope you’ll forgive a bit of self-congratulation because, in short order, you too will be congratulating yourself with such a smart pick-up.

Of course, long-time CH Wine fans already know Washington’s Columbia Valley as a place for fantastic fine wine bargains, and Lot 910 certainly fits that bill. But there’s more going on than successful bargain hunting regarding this Lot. Like France’s Bordeaux region, Columbia Valley is renowned for its excellent Cabernet Sauvignon. And like Bordeaux, the same conditions that favor the growth of excellent Cabernet also make it a prime spot for premium Sauvignon Blanc.

While it says Columbia Valley on the label, our Lot 910 is primarily sourced from one of the best spots in that valley—the Horse Heaven Hills AVA, which is home to Lady Hawk, Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate, and Quilceda Creek, to name a few.

Harvested in the early morning hours and fermented exclusively in stainless steel, Lot 910 captures the assertive, jaunty acidity and energy for which Sauvignon Blanc is famous, making this white evocatively fresh from start to finish. Fully captured are Sauvignon Blanc’s big herbal aromatics and flinty minerality. At the same time, eastern Washington’s legendarily sunny growing season ensured that this is also fleshy and fruity, with exotic tropical fruit flavors, hints of lime zest, and shades of tangy lemon meringue. Simply stated, this Lot is as irresistible as it is affordable.

This Sauvignon Blanc is a balanced, zesty offering that has “house white” for the summer written all over it. With our price, you can easily grab multiple cases of this delicious lot to have at the ready—for dinner prep, taking in longer sunlight hours, or decompressing after a long day.

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting.

Wine Video Topics Include:

  • 00:00 Introduction to The Tasting Panel and Katy
  • 00:20 About Sauvignon Blanc, Washington wines, Horse Heaven Hills
  • 00:51 Color and Legs of Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc
  • 00:58 The Nose of Lot 910 Sauvignon Blanc
  • 01:18 The Palate of Lot 910
  • 01:49 Aperitif / Pairing of this Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc

Lot 910 2022 Columbia Valley Sauvignon Blanc




Lot 885 2019 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir

For those of you that are fans of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, this is a release not to miss.

Lot 885 2019 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir was sourced from an ultra high-end program nestled between the Mayacamas Mountain Range and Sonoma Mountain in the heart of Sonoma Valley. Although we can’t disclose the exact source, we can tell you that the winery has been a Sonoma mainstay since the 1980s, and its cellar has played host to some of the most celebrated and award-winning winemakers in California history. Maybe a few rock stars too. Their entry-level Pinot regularly scores 90+ points from respected critics, and Lot 885 is coming out of their reserve-level Pinot program which sells for over $50 a bottle. Simply put this top-notch RRV juice and a screaming deal at just $24.

Lot 885 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir pours a beautiful ruby color in the glass with notes of ripe cherries, blueberries, and fresh earth. On the palate, that pretty cherry core and dark fruit are perfectly framed by that forest floor, earth element, all rounded out nicely by new French oak, ending in a long, dry finish. This is a beautiful balance between new-world fruit and old-world terroir and oak and will pair nicely with an array of cuisines or simply sip it as you enjoy a Summer evening.

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting of 2019 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir.

Wine Tasting Video Topics:

  • 00:00 Introduction to the Tasting Panel and Katy Long
  • 00:15 Russian River Valley Pinot Noirs General Information
  • 00:41 Color and Legs of Russian River Valley Pinot Noir
  • 01:00 On the Nose with Lot 885
  • 01:11 Give this RRV Pinot a Taste
  • 02:03 Aging and Enjoying Lot 885 Russian River Valley Pinot Noir





Lot 886 2021 Alexander Valley Merlot

A Fantastic Alexander Valley Merlot by a well-known Merlot-focused vintner selling for $40/bottle at the source winery’s tasting room.

Fellow Merlot lovers – have you noticed any headlines in the wine magazines you frequent pointing out that producers of world-class Merlot are struggling to keep up with demand? After all, many Merlot vines were torn out in the early Aughts—thanks to one cult-classic movie, which shall not be named! But that’s all changing, and the wineries that held onto their precious Merlot, are reaping the rewards.

Lot 886 2021 Alexander Valley Merlot, comes from a well-known Merlot-focused vintner who has been featured on Wine Spectator’s Top 10 Values lists and “10 Commendable California Merlots.” The Russian River, which snakes its way through Alexander Valley, brings cool air with it during the warm growing months, allowing the natural acids in grapes to remain firm, which leads to a remarkable freshness, or brightness, in the wine – a fantastic AVA to grow Merlot. At nearly $40/bottle at the source winery’s tasting room, it can be yours today for only half at just $20.

Boasting a deep ruby color in the glass, Lot 886 is fabulously decadent and plush, revealing a wealth of flavors on the palate of ripe cherry, fragrant red currants, and spiced Santa Rosa plums. The finish is rich and velvety with lingering notes of black fruit, dried herbs, and baking spices. Enjoy a glass while prepping a roast chicken, another while whipping up a rich mushroom gravy, and depending on how long it takes for dinner to cook, maybe even crack open a second bottle.

Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting.

Wine Tasting Video Topics

  • 00:00 Introduction to The Tasting Panel and Chris Lafleur
  • 00:18 Alexander Valley and Merlot
  • 00:44 On The Nose with AV Merlot
  • 01:17 Aging 2021 Alexander Valley Merlots
  • 01:30 On The Palate with Lot 886
  • 02:12 Where does a 2021 AV Merlot it fit in your cellar?
  • 02:30 Food and Wine Pairing with Alexander Valley Merlot




San Luis Obispo Lot 869 2020 Pinot Noir

A San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir single-vineyard showstopper from the Santa Margarita Ranch AVA!

The southernmost sub-AVA of Paso Robles, the Santa Margarita Ranch AVA, is unique in the fact that it doesn’t touch any other Paso sub-AVA. This alone gives the vines of this region a defined sense of place and isolated microclimate – one of a few perfect, isolated terroir studies in all of California. With 1k acres under vine, the grapes are brought to superb showcases through the ancient seabed, fossil-riddled soils, and a strong maritime climate keeping peak growing season temps in the cooler range than one would expect from a region that far south.

Lot 869 San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir is a single-vineyard gem. Often “terroir” is thrown around when speaking of wines, and this is a prime opportunity for folks who wonder what terroir really means in relation to wine. Find any 2020 vintage SLO or Paso Pinot, then try it side-by-side with Lot 869, and you’ll see regional similarities, however, there is a definite sense of time and place from a single plot of land in this bottling that is unmistakable, and quite discernable.

Beautifully ruby on the pour, the nose is a master class in domestic Pinot Noir with strawberry, raspberry, and potpourri delineated up front, backed by forest floor-meets-mushrooms, turned leaves, rose hips, cinnamon, and clove. The entry is clean and elegant, bolstered by a medium+ acidity, and infinitely small, silky tannins encompassing cherry and dried herbs. The finish is perfectly spiced with medium length, making for delicate umami waves of vanilla and rose. Bacon, meet your new favorite Pinot!

Watch as Katy Long, Director of International Wines for VWE walks us through a tasting of this San Luis Obispo Pinot Noir.

Wine Tasting Video Topics:

  • 00:00 Introduction to The Tasting Panel and Katy Long
  • 00:12 San Luis Obispo and Santa Margarita Ranch
  • 00:42 The Pinot Noir Vineyard
  • 00:56 Color and Legs of the wine
  • 00:59 The Nose of Lot 869
  • 01:15 The Palate
  • 01:45 Aging SLO Pinot Noir
  • 01:58 Wine Pairing





Lot 842 2019 Minervois Red Blend

This Minervois Red Blend is a southern French terroir Star!

Situated in the south of France, nestled in the Languedoc-Roussillon, is the historic, scenic village of Minerve – named for the Roman goddess of wisdom, first planted to vines by the Romans, and the namesake for today’s release. Known the world over for their full-bodied reds, the wines of Minervois (Min-er-vwah) have long been desired, with references of their quality dating back to the writings of Pliny.

Lot 842 Minervois comes to us from one of the top growers in the region boasting a state-of-the-art cellar on land rich with clay-limestone and schist soils producing low yields from vines no less than 30 years-old and hand-selecting clusters before pressing and aging in 100% new French oak. Not only is no expense spared in making this bottle, but generations of concerted cultivation are on display: every local grape type was tested with their soils to find the best terroir per varietal before laying down the vineyard plots. Rest assured, you will not find a more accurate expression of fruit and terroir in tandem than a wine like this.

Did we mention it’s a third of the original winery’s price? Sub-$15 southern French terroir star, time to stock up! Dark with an almost impenetrable core, red-to-black fruits on the nose, with a healthy serving of herbs, game, and dried leaves haloing. On the entry dark fruits persist; however, black pepper, fresh-turned earth, iron, and soft leather dominate over medium acidity and small, firm, well-integrated tannins showing themselves towards the finish. The finish itself is expectedly Old World and dry with resonant black fruits over a strong minerality that beckons another sip.

Watch as Chris Lafleur, Sommeliers Creed for Cameron Hughes walks us through a tasting.

Minervois Tasting Video Highlights:

  • 00:00 Introduction to The Tasting Panel and Chris Lafleur
  • 00:12 Minervois wines and South of France
  • 00:30 Sommelier Struggles to Pronounce Pliny the Elder
  • 00:46 Minervois Red Blend
  • 00:57 Color and Legs
  • 01:07 On the Nose
  • 02:07 The Taste of Lot 842
  • 03:19 Where does a Minervois Red Blend fit in your cellar?
  • 03:44 When to drink (as of July 2023)