Yep, this Chardonnay is sporting a screw cap so it’s a great travel wine, or as my wife and I say, a great hot tub wine… no tools, or clothes, needed. Well, maybe one tool. And at roughly $15.00 (although their website says $18.00), it’s a good value coming straight out of the scenic Edna Valley in San Luis Obispo County. With it’s cooler climate, this area is well known for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Baileyana is one of six labels coming from the Niven Family Wine Estates who happens to be SIP Certified and proud of it, as they boast being one of the first ten SIP Certified vineyards on the Central Coast. They say just nine words sum up their philosophy, “Old World inspired. Surpassing New World standards. Sustainably grown.” If you’re going to sip, SIP green, right?
When going green, there are many ways to do it, but one of our favorites is owl boxes. It seems cruel, sure, giving owls an advantage over vineyard pests. But these boxes use nature to prevent the use of pesticides. It just takes a few of these boxes perched up in any vineyard to keep any rodent problem at bay. Keep a look out for these the next time you go sustainable wine tasting. Oh, and if you can get close enough, you’ll see a circle of rodent bones around the pole–it’s pretty gross.
The winery’s sustainable practices are not only modern, they’re also historical. The Niven family restored a schoolhouse from the 1900s and turned it into their tasting room. The building functioned as a school for 47 years before closing in 1956, where it then became a private residence. It was purchased by the Niven family in ’98.
The restored schoolhouse now sits on a new foundation in its original location, and individuals who once attended class there sometimes stop by to relive old memories, recount old tales and enjoy Baileyana’s hospitality.
If you happen to stop by yourself, be sure to try this Chardonnay!