"Truth be told, grapes are my greatest passion. After so many years, I've learned that every decision you make in the vineyard can affect the quality and flavor of the grapes. So I craft my grapes, using meticulous farming techniques. In the end, it's a difference you can taste in your glass." - Tom Gore
I've decided to nickname California winemaker Tom Gore the grape whisperer. A second-generation grape farmer from Sonoma County, Tom started working among the vineyards and tending vines at the tender age of 7. For more than 20 years, Tom grew grapes and managed vineyards for some of California's most prestigious wineries. Inspired to create his own wines, the first vintages from Tom Gore Vineyards were released in 2015. I was really impressed by Tom's debut wines and the beautiful flavors that he coaxed from his grapes. His newest releases are an elegant reflection of Tom's talent and make it clear that he's no one-hit wonder.
Tom Gore Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 ($14) is absolutely luscious and an amazing value - it really tastes like a much more expensive wine. A gorgeous shade of deep ruby red with a tinge of purple, this juicy medium-bodied vino has smooth tannins and round & rich flavors of blackberry and plum that are beautifully balanced by subtle notes of dark chocolate and mocha. This is a wine that even the pickiest wine drinker will adore.
Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2014 ($14) has vibrant acidity and lively flavors of apple, pear and vanilla. Medium-bodied with a long finish, this fruit-forward Chardonnay is refreshing and substantial.
If you need some inspiration on what foods to pair with Tom Gore's wines, visit his website for a booklet of farm fresh recipes. For the Chardonnay, Tom's recipes include Creamy Seafood Chowder and Thyme Grilled Sardines. Try your hand at Sonoma County Cassoulet or Green Garlic Marinated Lamb Chops with Mint Chimichurri to pair with the Cabernet Sauvignon. Happy drinking and eating!