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I was just introduced to the Naja only last week by a Napa winemaker who is so fond of it, he prophecies that it will become the next chardonnay "pour by the glass" in restaurants in the US... verdejo that is.

Not being a chardonnay fan myself, if white called for, I"m always looking for anything else. Viognier can be gorgeous and I am very fond of Rousanne Marsanne blends (Linne Calado makes a beauty called Discipline).

Yesterday, I was in Santa Maria helping a pinot winery called Tantara process the '07 fruit. In between sorting, destemming and crushing 6 tons of grapes, we had a brown bag blind tasting lunch. I brought a bottle of Naja. It was the very first bottle opened and it stumped everyone. Everyone from the winemakers, distributors and aficianados at the table to growers marveled at it, but could not guess.

On my way back to Los Angeles this a.m., I stopped in Los Olivos to buy more... at $12 bucks a bottle I may become a white drinker afterall.



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