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Wente Vineywards 2009 Riva Ranch Chardonnay

Back By Wade Sawaya

Wente Vineyards 2009 Riva Ranch Chardonnay:

This medium-bodied Chardonnay has a rich, golden color and aromas and flavors of tropical fruit, honey, cinnamon and light floral notes balance by subtle oak, butter and vanilla. It has a round mouth feel and a long, fruity finish.

Where to find it:

Ravenous Café on Greenhaven Drive (, BevMo ( throughout the region, Total Wine & More ( in Roseville and at the winery ( in Livermore.

What to eat with this wine:

Jumbo lump crab cakes with roasted purple Peruvian potatoes, green beans and a sweet corn pan sauce.

Wade Sawaya took over the Pocket area’s Ravenous Café in August as owner and sommelier. For more than 20 years he has worked for and managed some of the West’s most renowned dining rooms, including the Cliff House in Manitou Springs, Colo., and the Five Star, Five Diamond Penrose Room at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs.