A beautifully balanced wine that is delicate, soft and approachable yet refreshingly crisp. Fruit takes center stage in both aromas and flavors of meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and peach. Grapes for the Tied Knot Riesling come from one of the first vineyards planted to Riesling in California. This is a wine that pairs well with richly sauced seafood, poultry or fruited rice dishes.
There is no argument that Cabernet is the leading grape in California’s wine portfolio. It grows perfectly in the Golden State and produces wines that are stunning. We carry quite a few Cabernets, but we sample hundreds every year and only a select few are chosen. Lone Vine Cabernet Sauvignon is a blend of Cabernet fruit from across California, capturing nuisances from the regions that make this grape spectacular. Blackcurrant, cassis, cocoa, and vanilla flavors are delightfully intertwined to provide perfect sipping satisfaction.
A claret style Zinfandel with full, jammy flavors of blackberry, raspberry, black cherry and wild berry flavors with a hint of black pepper and anise. A nice touch of acidity makes a clean, food friendly finish. Our expert wine panel enjoyed it from appetizers through to dessert and wished they had more.
After two solid days tasting Zinfandels at the annual ZAP festival in San Francisco (the largest gathering of Zinfandel winemakers and enthusiasts in the world), this wine captured our attention immediately – unpretentious, understated and easy drinking. Aromas focus on sweet berry and licorice. Delicate fruit flavors complement the aromas while gentle tannins permit the flavors to shine through a nicely structured texture.
If you haven't tried Chardonnay in a while, this is the one you have been waiting for. Don't be fooled by the label, Chocolate Box Chardonnay from Central Coast California is a well-balanced Chardonnay that will turn you into Chardonnay's biggest fan.
Certainly, everyone recognizes that Riesling is a German grape. However, there can be absolutely no denying that the varietal has flourished in Washington State, becoming one of the signature grapes from the state. As one of the leading producers in the region, Hyatt Vineyards can showcase exactly what makes the Riesling of the area so superb. Instantly attractive, the nose is full of fruit, with peach and apricot taking the lead. These flavors continue on the palate, met by the hallmark stone-fruit notes of Riesling. These luscious flavors meet a perfect balance between acidity and sugar to ensure this wine, simply put, stuns. As with many great Rieslings, this wine can be paired beautifully with spicy Asian cuisine, soft cheeses or all by itself, as a great aperitif.
If you love crisp refreshing white wines like Pinot Grigio, you need to try this wine. Made from a blend of some of Italy’s most beloved grapes including 70% Trebbiano Bianco, Val Di Botte Toscana Biano has everything you could want in a white wine. The color is pale, straw like. It has pleasant, fruity aromas with hints of fresh flowers. It is fresh and dry, with intense fruits flavors like green apples, melon, and lemon zest with a vibrant and refreshing finish. Toscana Bianco is perfect for fresh fish and seafood dishes.
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.
Both Zinfandel and Merlot are popular grapes on their own and this combination with Syrah proves that the sum can be greater than its parts. Concentrated blackberry and cherry aromas are joined by notes of black currant, plum, spice and violet. Fruit forward flavors are accented with a touch of sweet tobacco and spice. A smooth texture and ripe tannins make this wine very food friendly.
Fresh fruit flavors of green apple and citrus follow a bracing, mouthwatering acidity, leading to a clean dry, finish and a refreshing, lingering minerality.
California is known for making some big fruit driven wines. From Cabernet to Syrah, winemakers achieve stunning results from the terroir of the golden state. Case in point is Owens Crossing Shiraz from the vintners at Saddlehorn Cellars that bring us a few of the wines we love. So when you think about Shiraz, you don’t think California, you think Australia. But we can tell you that this grape can uniquely flourish in the Northern Hemisphere. The results achieve a lighter bodied red wine with gorgeous ruby hues and candied fruit flavors. Underneath the ripe red fruit are layers of herbs and a hint of licorice, rounding out a smooth finish and not to lengthy finish. Enjoy this wine as a compliment to a spice rubbed steak.
Argentina has been on a hot streak for years now producing incredible wines for an amazing price. More and more people are turning to wines produced in Argentina on a daily basis. Case in point, if you love Chardonnay, our newest find, Viña Antigua Special Selection Chardonnay from Mendoza is perfect for you. A very well balanced wine with the optimal amount of green apple and pear notes with creamy layers and a vibrant but delicate finish that is absolutely pleasing to the senses. Not too oaky, not too buttery, not too acidic, just right.
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.
This lovely wine from Bayshore is produced from one of the first vineyards in California planted with Pinot Grigio that originally focused on dessert wines. That is until a wine importer, seeing the potential for table wines, used these grapes to launch a line of food-friendly table wines. Gorgeous aromas jump out of the glass and delicious flavors of melon, citrus and tangerine are completed by a refreshing thread of crisp acidity.
A fruit-forward wine with layers of generous dark berry and cherry aromas. Flavors emphasize cassis, raspberry and cherry with a hint of cedar. An easy-to-enjoy wine and example of what makes Cabernet Sauvignon so popular all around the world. This classic California Cab was one of our expert wine panel's favorites.