California Dreamin'

Published by Anna Von Bertele on 10/04/2017

I often daydream about living in the Golden State and, sitting in the sun on Saturday in London, looking up at the vast blue sky, I felt I could have been in one of David Hockney's California paintings. I imagined mountains in the distance, palm trees all around and a clear blue swimming pool I could dive in to... recurring motifs in Hockney's work.

That evening, Tate Britain had invited Roberson to present four of our Californian wines to people visiting their current David Hockney exhibition. The Californian wine we sell benefits from the expanse of sky and climate Hockney captures, so the opportunity to introduce people to some of our favourites, to give a taste of the state before they immersed themselves in the paintings, was a marriage of senses.

It was hard to narrow down our huge range to just four wines from the region, but we eventually settled on Lioco's Sonoma County Chardonnay, Lompoc's Pinot Noir, Peirano's Old Vine Zinfandel and Slingshot's Cabernet Sauvignon.

These wines, which encapsulate the balance and elegance that define our range, evoke the sense of possibility of the landscape they come from in a way akin to the paintings on display. The selection also demonstrates the variety of the regions, four of the main grape varieties and the approaches of producers inspired by different features of California.

Enjoy these wines and feel the inspiration from this incredible region.


Anna Von Bertele

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