Simple Life is anything but. It is a wine made by Don Sebastiani and Sons, now run by the fourth generation of the Sebastiani dynasty, and one of the founding families of California's wine industry.
Sam Sebastiani came here from Italy in 1895. Following the American Dream, he worked hard and saved so that he could provide for his family. Starting with an old barn and a few acres of land, he made a few hundred cases of wine and sold it out of the back of his truck.
Today the Sebastianis make over one million cases of wine. Not bad for humble beginnings. What made the Sebastiani name stand out is that it didn't matter if the wine came in a small bottle or a large jug, it was always of high quality and at a fair price.
And so it is with their Simple Life brand. The grapes were selected from cool vineyard sources up and down the coast of California. Each lot was fermented separately before the final decision was made for blending.
Half the wine was fermented in the barrel to attain the luxurious creamy center in the finished wine, but without adding too much oak. Splashes of Chenin Blanc and Viognier were added for acidity and dimension.
The result is an impeccable balance between the soft edges on the mid-palate and the citrus-tinged finish. All the components combine for perfection in Chardonnay and one that will carry on for years to come.