Our selection is another of those fanciful name brands made by very serious people. In this case, the winemaker is Richard Mansfield, a veteran with almost 30 vintages on his resume.
Richard hails from Oregon, where he received his degree in chemistry from the University of Oregon. He then went on to Geisenheim, where he earned master's degrees in viticulture and enology. As if Richard's background isn't impressive enough, his wife, Leslie, holds degrees in cuisine and patisserie from Escoffier in France and from Oregon State. The term "power couple" just starts the conversation.
Sunday Funday is a careful construction of passion fruit, citrus and spice in an endless swirl of savoriness. Absolutely luscious.
But both are committed to keeping their eyes on the prize and that prize is great wine. And they bring a lot of passion to their pursuit. Richard walks every row of a vineyard before he harvests, to make sure that everything is going perfectly before he agrees to use the grapes.
Then he chooses only the best and ripest grapes to use in his blend. In this case, he's blended Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from several of the coolest regions in California's Central and North Coasts.
The grapes were fermented separately and aged separately in neutral oak barrels and stainless steel. After settling, each vessel was tasted and then carefully blended to achieve the desired results. As usual, Richard made sure it was perfect.