A newsletter from the team at Nardone Baker Wines                        Edition 002   December 2005

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Chardonnay 2005: New release is cream of the crop

Nardone Baker Chardonnay 2005Our winemaking team at Nardone Baker pride themselves on consistency and quality, vintage by vintage - when you have a winning style, you don't go changing it. So why did the 2005 Chardonnay cause a stir at its official launch on December 1?

"I think we are just getting better at perfecting the 'unwooded' style," says Nardone Baker Managing Director, Frank Nardone. 

"There has been a clear change in preference among wine drinkers in Australia and the US, in particular, moving away from the heavy, oak-laden Chardonnays to the lighter, brighter, fruitier style we have been producing for a number of years," he said.

"I have seen this reflected in our growing sales of Chardonnay and I have also heard it directly from wine drinkers when I have been out and about at wine tastings with our distributors and retailers around the world."

Chief winemaker, Brian Light, is proud of the 2005 Chardonnay for its soft, round character. "This is truly a soft, easy drinking wine," says Mr Light. "It really is a very simple wine that is clean, fresh and low in acidity.

"As a result, the fruit flavours come to the fore with melon the predominant flavour."

The launch was well timed ahead of a hot, thirsty Australian summer but Mr Light says wine lovers in export markets are probably in the box seat.

"By the time this wine arrives in the northern hemisphere, to Europe and North America, it will be at its peak for excellent drinking during the 2006 summer."

"And for Asian markets where temperatures are warmer year-round, they have a full 18 months of pure pleasure ahead of them with this superb Chardonnay!" he said. 

What goes with "Nardone Baker"? Chefs tell:

One of Adelaide's foremost Italian restaurants, Buonasera, on Glen Osmond Road, is famous for its homemade pasta and magnificent dishes.
This month, proprieter, Ilario Nesci, (his famous caricature is left) shares his favourite dish/wine combination.

Bauletti Napoletana with Nardone Baker Chardonnay
Delicious, homemade "Bauletti" ravioli is filled with fresh crab meat, prawns and a little Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, then served with a delicate Napoletana sauce. The delicate flavours and texture of the ravioli, compliment the creamy mouthfeel and texture of the Chardonnay.

Conchiglie Mare and Monte with Nardone Baker Shiraz
This dish was introduced as a special and quickly made its way to the standard menu. Veal and seafood feature in this fine sauce, recommended with a little chilli too, accompanied by homemade Conchiglie - large, pasta shells. The careful marriage of subtle flavours and touch of spice, combine extraordinarily well with the fruity, spicy flavours of Nardone Baker's Shiraz.

If you have a superb food and Nardone Baker wine combination, please share it with us so we can share it with the world in a future edition of Foot Notes (NB News). Email details

Here's "Cheers" in Singapore
Frank Nardone conducting training with Cheers staff in SingaporeSingaporeans can now enjoy Nardone Baker Wines with all the convenience of their local Cheers outlet. 

Furthermore, Cheers staff will be able to give excellent guidance after undergoing a comprehensive wine appreciation course last month, conducted by Nardone Baker Wines' Managing Director, Frank Nardone.

Mr Nardone says the thirst for knowledge about wine and wine and food matching, supports forecasts of wine becoming an ever more popular drink in Singapore.

"The latest figures we have seen, suggests wine consumption in Singapore will increase by 20% in the next four years," remarked Mr Nardone.

"With Australia already placed as the number one importer of wine to Singapore, ahead of France, we know that as long as we keep producing quality wines that suit the vibrant flavours of Asian cuisine, we will continue to hear Singaporeans saying 'cheers' with Nardone Baker!"

Frank Nardone and Steven Ong at the Temple Function Singapore 2005While in Singapore, Mr Nardone was also a special guest at the annual Temple Function Yishun, where many hundreds of attendees enjoyed Nardone Baker Wines and an inspired range of dishes.

Mr Nardone is pictured left with Mr Steven Ong, who oversees our dynamic team of distributors in Singapore. 

Read full story in the News section of our website

Where Can I Find Nardone Baker Wine?

Akim and Dianne from AGM and Ralph from RoliviaOur wine is everywhere - from England to USA, Italy to Estonia, Hong Kong to Singapore and, of course, around Australia.
In Rhode Island, USA, you will find our wines in all manner of places - some even featured in a gourmet chocolate and wine tasting event!
Pictured above are the people responsible for such 'providence' (pun intended), front row, Dianne and Akim of our dynamic sales and distribution team in Providence, Rhode Island, AGM, and behind, is importer/distributor Ralph Fragola, of Rolivia.
You never know where you will find Nardone Baker Wines next!
That's why we invite you to let us help you find our wine.
Just use the link below to tell us where you are, anywhere in the world, and we will liaise with our network of distributors to find your closest source of Nardone Baker Wines.

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