38 MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY August 31-september 6, 2023 www.montereycountyweekly.com CHILL Garrett Bowlus likes to play with clay and concrete vessels. But for his Cuvee Beaudry Chardonnay, the Albatross Ridge winemaker considered a different approach: “What if we just use neutral oak?” OK, so aging wine in wooden barrels is not a revolutionary concept. But the Cuvee Beaudry is blended from Chardonnay that rested separately in barrels used one, two and three years. It’s a way to narrow the influence of oak on the flavor profile The 2019 vintage offers an inviting wisp of tropical minerality on the nose with hints of peeled banana. The wine becomes even more welcoming once you take a sip, as the fresh appeal of citrus and quince race across your senses, leaving earthier notions struggling to keep up. That rich impression of banana brings it all together, and it’s a reminder of the winemaking process. “I know exactly which barrel you’re talking about,” Bowlus says, referring to the genteel note of banana left by wood. “That was one year French oak.” Parts of the blend from two- and three-year barrels have little strength left to influence the wine as it ages. Throughout the year, Bowlus and his team sample from each barrel, settling on a proper blend just before bottling. The effort develops a wine that is lean and brisk, yet with just enough heft. “If I had to pick out one of our wines, that’s my go-to,” Bowlus admits. “That’s my favorite style to drink.” Albatross Ridge, Dolores between Ocean and 6th, Carmel; 19 E. Carmel Valley Road, Carmel Valley; 316 Alvarado St., Monterey. albatrossridge.com. Used Up Albatross Ridge plays with a range of neutral oak to create an expressive wine. By Dave Faries SEND IDEAS TO: firstname.lastname@example.org DANIEL DREIFUSS ♦ 3 Card Poker ♠ Century 21st No Bust Black Jack ♣ Texas Hold’em ♥ Baccarat FULL BAR! BLACKJACK BONUS POINTS PAYS UP TO $20,000 SMALL TOWN BIG PAYOUTS! 1-800-Gambler • Gega-003846, Gega-Gega-003703, Gega-000889 Gega-000891 Gega-002838 The Marina Club Casino ensures the safety and security of all guests and team members at all times, while providing exceptional service. 204 Carmel Ave. Marina 831-384-0925 casinomonterey.com ♠ ♣ ♥ ♦ Just minutes from Downtown Monterey Where Monterey Comes To Play Pacific Grove Hardware 229 Forest Avenue • 646-9144 Locally Owned and Operated BEST Hardware Store THANKS FOR YOUR VOTES! Your Hometown Hardware Store ’09-’22 take $5 OFF ANY $25 or more regular items With this ad. Exp 9/30/23 One discount per transaction We’re Open! Mon-Sun 8am-5pm SeaSide’S FineSt THIN CRUST PIZZA SOURdOUGH PiZZa SALADS & CALZONES eat PiZZa tOday Sun - Thurs 12pm-8pm Fri & Sat 11am – 9pm 720 BROADWAY AVE. SEASIDE Phone 831-899-1762 INDOOR / TAkEOUT / DELIvERy FRESH. LOCAL. TASTY. Fisherman’s Wharf FRESHEST SEAFOOD with PANORAMIC VIEWS Open Daily at 11:30am • At the end of Fisherman’s Wharf #1 www.rockfishmonterey.com • 831.324.4375 LIVE MUSIC Wednesdays 5–7:30pm 10% off your order with this ad Valid until 9/30/2023 Taste of the World sweet & savory crepes • paninis • bagels • tea • 11th Hour coffee THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ THE CRÉPERIE CAFÉ @ @ @ @ @ 1123 Fremont Blvd, Seaside 831-901-3900 Mon–Fri 7am–4pm (Sat & Sun 8am–4pm) Explore our expanded coffee menu featuring drinks from around the globe • Café Bombon (Spain) • Lagrima (Argentina) • Turmeric Latte (India) • Yuanyang (Hong Kong) • and more!