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HandCraft Artisan Collection: California Wines with a Dash of Italian Varietals

When California wine industry pioneer, Gasparé Indelicato planted his first grapes for Delicato Family Vineyards in 1924, he was already part of a long line of Italian winemakers. It is only natural that his granddaughter, Cheryl Indelicato, capture her family’s history with the launch of her own wines, HandCraft Artisan Collection. The wines, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Sirah released in 2012, are an ode to the traditions of her Italian heritage as well as the spirit of her healthy California lifestyle.

"I wanted to create wines that evoke the simple things in life, done well and with love.” says Cheryl, who partnered with veteran winemaker Alicia Ysais to create the HandCraft Artisan Collection. “HandCraft is a tribute to the amazing people that have inspired me to value the things that matter and to be of service.”  She plans to add two new blends to the collection, Inspiration Red and Inspiration White, later this year.

HandCraft Artisan Collection wines are sustainably produced from the family’s vineyards in Monterey and Lodi.  In creating the wine blends, Cheryl and Alicia found that adding a bit of Italian and heritage varietals lifted the aromatics and produced subtle complexities. For example, a small amount of Sangiovese softens the tannins in the Cabernet Sauvignon and increases the spice and texture of the Pinot Noir.  A splash of Malvasia Bianca gives lovely white floral aromas to the HandCraft Chardonnay.  According to Cheryl, “We preserve as much fruit as possible during winemaking resulting in wines that are fruit forward and easy to enjoy. Our goal is to create quality wines that are distinctive, versatile and provide great value,” continued Cheryl. “We take our time making the wines so that the consumer can relax knowing each bottle will be delicious.”

As part of her vision and passion to make a positive difference in people's lives, Cheryl created the program "HandCraft Cares" that supports important causes with financial and in-kind contributions.  In 2012, HandCraft raised $100,000, to support breast cancer research, prevention and awareness.  Cheryl, a health care professional and vintner, is also personally involved in a number of initiatives at the community level to increase awareness and early detection of breast cancer.

The essence of the Handcraft Artisan Collection is a reflection of Cheryl’s life: an artful blend of fresh California living and traditional Italian values. At home, she enjoys spending time in her kitchen and garden pursuing passions for cooking and entertaining with menus that are fresh and simple. The table is always set to welcome and family and friends.

The Collection

HandCraft Artisan Collection Cabernet Sauvignon - Layers of flavor with hints of black cherry, clove, spice, currants and dark chocolate.  Full bodied, rich and robust with round tannin that lead to a long and generous finish.

HandCraft Artisan Collection Petite Sirah -- Jammy fruit from beginning to end.  This is a full-bodied wine that has a bold tannin structure and balanced acidity that is delicious with slow roasted short ribs or a mixed grill.

HandCraft Artisan Collection Pinot Noir -- Gorgeous cherry, vanilla and strawberry notes.  This is a medium bodied, elegant wine.  The finish is soft and lingering with the perfect integration of structure, fruit and spice.  Perfect alone or with food.

HandCraft Artisan Collection Chardonnay -- Lovely floral and honey aromatics with soft hints of lemon zest and green apples.  Light oak.  This is a medium bodied wine that is balanced with good acidity making is refreshing by itself or perfect with food.

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