An Anniversary to Cheer For

Wente Vineyards Featured in Sunset Magazine

Considering the amount of California Chardonnay we drink in this country, you'd think the wine was invented in the state. Oh, wait, it was--as we know it. The man to credit for that is Ernest Wente, who planted cuttings from the south of France at his family-run Wente Vineyards in Livermore, California, exactly 100 years ago. Today, a whopping amount (about 75 percent) of the state's Chardonnay comes from a version of the Wente clone. Fifth-generation winemaker Karl Wente keeps the tradition alive with four different bottles, listed from light to rich.