From the oldest planting of Semillon grapes in Napa Valley, this wine sings with complexity! Like fresh struck matchsticks and cornflakes, with a bright citrus lime intensity. This grape is typically grown in Bordeaux and is typically used in white wine blends (of Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon) from that region. So this is a fun one to try if you’re a white Bordeaux fan.
Works well with anything creamy or caramelized – think caramelized onions or creamy risotto. Delicious with hearty seafood like crab, scallops, or lobster (incredible with lobster mashed potatoes!). Very versatile because this wine has it all, the acid, the tannins, and the delicate fruit, so experiment with similarly balanced dishes like paella or hearty stews.
Press Gang is a project from Lompoc-native, Kyle Knapp. He grew up working in the meat department of a local grocery store and took an interest in wine – seeing all the different styles arriving behind-the-scenes at the store. He dove in, worked his first harvest at a local winery, Beckman, then headed to Australia, then back to Cali for two years and four harvests. Kyle had ‘caught the wine bug’ and started his own project, Press Gang, in 2010. Impressively, his day job is head winemaker at Stolpman (now locally famous for their ‘Love you Bunches’ wine), and this side-project is where he gets to make the wines he wants to drink.