All the Hoopla

After a bit of an indulgent weekend with company, it was time to return to clean eating. And while that should mean a break from wine, one bottle was staring at me with puppy dog eyes.


Who could resist that little guy? Hoopla Chardonnay says it best on their label and on their site.

“Wine should be fun! We take the highest quality grapes, bring in top winemakers, and ask them to make something different that will make your tail wag with delight.”


Tails were wagging indeed.

The 2014 Yountville Chardonnay was lively with golden apple, pear, some white flowers and a bit of citrus. This was an elegant wine, the most enjoyable Chardonnay I’ve had in a while.

I paired it with salmon which I coated with sautéed shallots, mayonnaise, Dijon, lemon juice and herbs before grilling. A green salad and a side of Israeli couscous with sautéed shallot and zucchini rounded out the meal.DSC_0637

Spencer and Lindsay Hoopes, along with Dante,”The Boss,” are bringing their love of life and wine to Napa. Their goal is to combat stuffy attitudes about wine but I have a feeling that this Chardonnay would please even the stuffiest drinkers. Try it and see what all the hoopla is about. Cheers!

{This wine was provided as a media sample by Public New York City. I received no other compensation. Thoughts and opinions are my own.}







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Being a stay- at-home mom can leave one thirsting for a taste of the outside world, a world in which sentences are composed of more than three words. Being an educator means one is always seeking an opportunity to explore and learn. Being a woman with a need to connect can be a challenge when adult conversations are rare. In wine, I find the marriage of art and science, agriculture and storytelling provides limitless areas to explore. But it is the people that keep me engaged. The tenacity needed to keep the family dream alive, the risk to start anew, the trials and principles. I love the history of the vine, the impact of a season, the sentiment in the bottle. That is why I write. I write to tell their stories, to share a piece of mine. I write to learn as I teach others. I write to connect with new friends, to disconnect from the world. I write to celebrate what makes each of us unique, and that which ties us together.

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