2016 Kaena Hapa Blanc

One of the big wine trends these days with millennials is their love of blends. And, for the most part, their interest in red blends goes more in the direction of Napa Bordeaux style Meritage wines or Sonoma County Zinfandel based field blends often with some Petite Sirah and Carignan in the blend.

Missed though are the white blends, many of which are Rhone white blends that are perfect with the warm weather in spring and summer here across the United States.

The 2016 Kaena Hapa Blanc is one of those mistakenly overlooked white blends that meets that criteria, and while partially Rhone grape varietal based with Roussanne, Viognier and Grenache Blanc, the addition of Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling gives the wine a bit more complexity and differentiation. 

Rich layers of honeysuckles, banana, ripe honeydew melon and canteloupe, a hit of petrol and some light grassy notes come through. The light cream base, and the bright lemon peel aroma makes this an ideal Sunday brunch charmer that should not be overlooked.

And that’s why the 2016 Kaena Hapa Blanc is today’s WineSiders Wine of The Day

2018 Kaena Grenache Rose

2018 Kaena Grenache Rose

Mikael Sigouin has done it again. For the  third year in a row he’s produced a dead ringer of a Tavel Rose wine, the 2018 Kaena Grenache Rose.

Made in Santa Barbara County’s Santa Ynez Valley by the region’s King of Grenache, the latest release from the boutique winery shows why Sigouin is such a master of his craft when it comes to getting the most out of the Grenache grape. 

Strawberry and blackberry aromas and flavors are evident from the first whiff and taste, while the cool, crisp and dry structure of the pink wine keeps things in perfect harmony.

That’s why the 2018 Kaena Grenache Rose is today’s WineSiders Wine of the Day.’