goop’s Favorite Wines
Pairing the right wine with your meal can be so difficult; there are so many flavors to balance and courses in the meal to consider. Here are a couple of our recs.
The Four Graces
I’ve tried a selection of wines from The Four Graces Winery and they are something special. A husband and wife team, Steven and Paula Black bought the vineyard in 2003 and named their business after their four daughters. Based in Oregon, which is earning a reputation for producing excellent pinot noir—as it is on the same latitude as Burgundy—all their pinots are sustainably farmed. Plus, they cover the spectrum of prices and start at a very affordable $29. Their Pinot Gris starts at $18.
Au Bon Climat
I can’t get enough of Au Bon Climat’s Santa Barbara Pinot Noir from 2008. I keep constant stock of it in my home as it continues to be a hit with my guests. Au Bon Climat is produced in yet another up-and-coming American wine region, Santa Barbara County in California. Winemaker Jim Clendenen has received much recognition for his wines and it’s surprising they’ve managed to keep their prices so low. The Santa Barbara Pinot I like costs $22.48
From Jim Clendenen: For over 25 years, I have made wines with a very “hands on” approach, crafting them in an old world, elegant, and refined style that improves with age. I have been blessed with the respect of my peers and loyal wine enthusiasts, who now to my surprise includes Gwyneth Paltrow. I get to do what I love and hope you get as much enjoyment from my wines as I have in making them.