The intrigue of a white Rhone from California

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The 2009 Treana White comes from the Austin Hope Winery, which seeks to showcase a luxury and handcrafted style of wine representiive of France's northern Rhone character. | Larry Ruehl ~ Sun-Times Media.

The Hope family moved from Bakersfield to Paso Robles, California in the late 1970s with an interest in cultivating vineyards and apple orchards. A quiet and reserved farming community, located equidistant between San Francisco and Los Angeles, Paso Robles would become the new chic destination for wine enthusiasts.

They began selling grapes to Chuck Wagner of Caymus Vineyards so that the Wagner family could produce their second label, Liberty School Cabernet. Young Austin Hope followed his father’s wisdom and worked for Chuck Wager in Napa while trying to hone his own skills. In the interim, he traveled to the Rhone valley of France to study the unique varietals that grow well in the terrain of Paso Robles. As the family assumed control of the Liberty School label in 1996, they continued in the tradition of producing a fruit-driven, accessible and value-driven Cabernet.

Treana Winery was established in 1996 and this began a new era where the family could showcase the Rhone varietals grown in the Central Coast. Later in 2000, Austin Hope Winery evolved in an attempt to represent a luxury and handcrafted style of wine representative of France’s northern Rhone character.

The 2009 Treana White is a blend of 50 percent Viognier and 50 percent Marsanne from the warmer climates of Monterey County. There is nothing timid about this full-bodied white as its appearance reveals deep golden overtones and a captivating floral perfume of citrus oil and almond. The honeysuckle notes are deep embedded into the core with silken apricot cream, orange liqueur and white stone elements contributed by the Marsanne. This wine is consistently fresh, lively and compelling making you want to distance yourself from Chardonnay in search of more intrigue and gratification.

Suggested Retail: $19.99

W. Peter Hoyne has been a wine journalist for over 20 years, covering stories of national and international significance. While his professional relationships in the wine industry have allowed him to share a unique perspective of wine, he is also intrigued by the culinary aspect and harmony that exist between wine and food. As a wine advocate, he is committed to consumer education and is focused on upcoming trends and American wine-buying habits.