Wine: 2018 Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay

Wine: 2018 Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay

I polished off the rest of the bottle I started yesterday of a 2018 Beringer Napa Valley Chardonnay. I was tempted to postpone today’s post to tomorrow because I enjoyed this wonderful wine while watching Wagner’s Dream, a documentary on the Ring cycle production at the Metropolitan Opera. I wanted to write about this documentary but then decided that it was best to save this post for the following day as I always have a lot to say about Wagner. So let me continue telling you about my companion during this documentary.

This chardonnay from Napa Valley has a wonderful creamy taste to it (almost buttery) and is accompanied by hints of delicate fruit flavors like peach and apple. I was surprised by the relative lack of oaky flavor which I’ve found typical of American chardonnays. In my research of this wine, I discovered that this wine is mostly fermented in French oak barrels, which explains the lessened oak taste. French oak is less porous than American oak and therefore will impart less of its flavor into the wine. The vineyards for Beringer’s chardonnay are in southern Napa Valley where a longer maturation period is possible thanks to the cooling fog that rolls northward during most afternoons during the growing season. According to their website, this 2018 vintage enjoyed a “near-perfect season” with abundant February rains and drying sun that resulted in even flowering and bud break.

I was very pleased with this wine and will probably purchase it again for one of the upcoming Hollywood Bowl concerts this summer.

Hollywood Bowl Broadcast: Musicals and the movies.

Hollywood Bowl Broadcast: Musicals and the movies.

I poured myself a glass of a 2020 Justin Sauvignon Blanc to watch tonight’s broadcast of past Hollywood Bowl performances. The theme for the night was musicals and movies. Despite not being the biggest fan of musicals, I thoroughly enjoyed tonight’s show, including Audra McDonald, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Kristin Chenowith.

Several years ago, Brian Stokes Mitchell would stir up some unhappy memories of a certain persona non grata. I couldn’t remember this singer’s name for the life of me. As if I developed a mental block. Tonight, I genuinely enjoyed his music and was utterly indifferent to any past memories. The singer that stole the show in tonight’s broadcast was Audra McDonald. What a magnificent voice and incomparable talent! The two songs that stuck deep and got me emotional were “Smile” and “Make Someone Happy.” Both of those songs have been among my favorites for many years.

I am so grateful for these broadcasts as they have let my mom and me get a little dose of performances during the pandemic. In just a little over two weeks, we will be back at the Hollywood Bowl after almost two years since we’ve been there and our first live performance in nearly 18 months. I can hardly wait.


As to the wine…it was wonderful and tasted amazing after having some peaches and a plum. I wasn’t planning on having the fruits, but I didn’t want to let the fruits go to waste and I wanted to get those extra nutrients. I was afraid the sweetness of the fruits would make the wine taste dry, but it actually pared rather well!