Each daybreak, the ocean-cooled California coastal fog slowly rolls into the open valleys, blanketing Pinot Noir vineyards. These small areas across California are the haven for Pinot Noir producers as these unique micro-climate regions produce some of the best Pinot in California. This creates one of the world's finest wine grape growing regions. This elegant, light-bodied Pinot Noir opens with graceful aromas of sweet cherries, strawberries and a slight earthiness, followed by soft flavors of vanilla, light oak and ripe raspberry.
This classic California Chardonnay has delicious flavors of apple, nectarine and melon. A hint of toasty oak and vanilla adds depth and complexity, while a touch of acidity balances this refreshing wine that goes great with grilled or steamed seafood, especially shellfish.
River's End offers rich blackberry and cherry aromas with ripe fruit flavors complemented by hints of spice and vanilla from integrated oak. A Merlot that's a perfect choice for grilled portabello mushrooms, grilled chicken or ribs and a nice partner for tomato based pasta dishes. You'll want to stock up on this one!
If you love floral and fruit driven wines that dance on your tongue with vibrant acids that make wine a refreshing enjoyment, you should look towards Viognier. Originally grown in France, this grape has well-rounded characterisitics that make other white wines envious.
Benessere is Italian for ‘well-being’ and the Benish family named the winery to describe the feeling of life in the Napa Valley. Classic varietal aromas of Bing cherry, a hint of strawberry and fruit leather lead to flavors of piecrust, blackberry and vanilla with a touch of spice on the long finish. This hearty Sangiovese pairs wonderfully with traditional fare such as grilled steak or Portobello mushrooms.
From the highly rated Novato, California winery of Aussie-born Bruce & Kim Cunningham, this exquisite white wines from the Carneros region shows an amazing balance of acidity and structure while filling the palate with rich, developed fruit flavors. A great choice with mild, luxurious dishes based on shellfish, flaky white fish and poultry.
Crisp flavors of grapefruit and green apple with notes of ripe fig are the most distinguishing charatceristics this fruit-forward, award-winning selection. Produced from a vineyard established more than 100 years ago by descendants of European winemakers, its grapes provide a marvelous complexity and balance. The winemaker recommends serving this delicate treat with grilled or sautéed seafood in a butter or cream sauce. And, it brings out the best in veggie dishes like spinach and cheese-stuffed pasta shells.
After the stunning success of the earlier vintages of Carma Carménère, the vintners at Carma stepped it up yet again for this next vintage. The grapes used for the impressive 2013 Carma Carménère come from the winery’s estate vineyard in the sector of Palmilla, a region considered by many to be in “the center of gravity” when it comes to Chilean wine. The 10 year-old vines benefit from deep soils that are clay-like and sandy, are trained onto vertical shoot-positioned trellises, and cane pruned. The wine is a violet red color and the aroma is of fresh red fruit—raspberries and cherries—along with notes of herbs and toasted coffee beans. The aromas follow through on the palate with red fruits, spices and bittersweet chocolate. It is an elegant wine with juicy concentration and persistence.
Looking for a wine with immense fruit flavors with a dramatic expression of unique aromatics that will leave you savoring each and every sip? Check out this Pinot Noir from California. One of the more difficult grapes to grow in California, this wine is a shining example of how Pinot can thrive beautifully if grown with special attention to detail.
This is the debut of a California white wine blend from one of our favorite wineries. Crisp and light with a wonderful natural acidity due to its 85% French Colombard content. Opens with inviting fruit and floral aromas of white peach and sweet mango with subtle touches of fresh jasmine blossom and white chai tea. Ripe, juicy flavors include nectarine and grapefruit. A bright, slightly off-dry flavor profile lingers well through a clean, refreshing finish.
Fresh fruit flavors of green apple and citrus follow a bracing, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a clean dry, finish and a refreshing, lingering minerality.
Viognier may not be a staple in your cellar as the "go to" white wine, but for white wine lovers who desire fresh fruit flavors along side floral notes and a medium weighted but vibrant mouth feel, let me introduce you to Saddlehorn Cellars Viognier from California. A grape that is native to France, it produces amazingly delicious results with minimal effort. In California, Viognier is widely used as a blending grape but make no mistake, this variety is in a class all of its own. It's dry but with flavors of melon and peach, with hints of banana and vanilla, this is a wine that shines with so many food dishes that it's hard to name just one. Rest assured, that this wine is no slouch by itself and can be a cocktail party wine that everybody will enjoy.
Delicious as an aperitif, but its complexity and verve make this Sonoma County treat a great match with seafood and even pork or rotisserie chicken. From a state-of-the-art, “go-to” winery near the little town of Graton, this crisp yet creamy wine was produced with grapes grown in a heritage vineyard established nearly one hundred years ago. The care and expertise used to create the wine are evident in every sip.