A rich, full-bodied red wine with nearly as much character as its namesake and inspiration, Sam Brannan, California’s first millionaire and 1800’s bon vivant. The Napa Valley, especially Calistoga, owes a debt of gratitude to Brannan, who was a pioneer, dreamer and dauntless scoundrel. While his business practices and ethics were frequently questioned by his 19th century contemporaries, Brannan's ambition and colorful legacy enriched the valley and its history.
“Petite” refers to the size of the grapes not the power of the wine - and this 2012 DiSalvo is both powerful and age worthy - perfect for lovers of big, bold red wines. The wine is Inky color with robust aromas and flavors. Great with beef entrees, like Steak au Poivre, barbecued pork or game, cheese and spicy Mexican inspired dishes
Riesling is a fascinating grape of many faces. From bone dry to lusciously sweet, this variety is delicious at any sugar level with its intense aromas and steely acidity. The 2012 Twin Bridges is a wonderful example of an ideal vintage from the Central California Coast featuring aromas of nectarine, mandarin, jasmine, lemon and lime zest, and just the right amount of honey, as well as a nice balance between crisp acidity and soft sweetness.
An exquisite Santa Barbara-style Chardonnay in which aromas of pear, apple and lemon blossoms aromas abound as one approaches the glass. Flavors of minerality, apricot and apple swirl and deliver a pleasing balance to the creamy oak and rich butter notes that round out the finish. Definitely a wine that will stand up nicely to oysters, steamed clams and mussels, as well as simple preparations of fish like sea bass or sole.
An elegant, 100% Chardonnay wine that showcases bright, concentrated citrus, pear, green apple and nectarine fruit, with just a touch of oak to add richness to the palate, a perfect match for roast salmon. The exceptional grapes for this wine were grown on hillside vineyards in the cool Carneros region. It’s a growing area noted for its cool climate and low yields, being situated on the north side of the San Francisco Bay, and is well known for its Burgundian-style terroir.
This wonderful Chardonnay is a limited production wine created as a tribute to one of California's pioneering vineyard families. It has a refreshing "say no to oak" style – bright and light with citrus, apple and tropical fruit aromas and flavors. A gentle acidity adds structure while allowing the delicate fruit flavors to shine. Versatile and food-friendly, it makes a good choice with seafood, poultry, or pasta dishes with butter-based sauces.
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Here’s a delightful California-produced Malbec, one of today’s most popular varietals, but until recently, seldom bottled as a single varietal in the United States. Casa de la Luna translates to “House of the Moon,” and the label of this full-bodied treat artistically depicts a moonlight vineyard view. The wine’s rich, robust flavors of currants, plums, and spice make it a perfect choice to complement dishes featuring your favorite red meats.
This is a refreshing, warm-weather favorite you can enjoy chilled especially when served with light cheeses, desserts, and summer fruits. It is produced by a highly skilled San Martin, California winery that has long been a “go-to” vintner for our Wine Insiders expert panel. Close your eyes and think enticing scents and luscious fruit flavors with just the right touch of honey. Yummm!
When it comes to pairing a good California Sauvignon Blanc with food, it is one of today’s most versatile varietals, and this 2012 River Crest vintage is no exception. The wine showcases aromas and flavors of summer melon, peach and citrus, which marry well with spicy foods, shellfish and light fish. At this price, it’s a wine of which you’ll want to have several bottles on hand, whether you’re sipping out on the patio at sunset, or friends are expected for dinner.
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 from 2011.
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.
An exceptional example of Monterey Chardonnays, this delightful selection has crisp acidity and intense tropical fruit, both hallmarks of the Monterey County region. Nuances of sweet oak create a wonderfully well-balanced, fruit-forward wine that make a spectacular partner to seafood, poultry and white meats.
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.
La Petite Tour wines were introduced more than 30 years ago. This blend of white grapes has remained the familys favorite. It was only made in small lots for their own table, until now. Exclusive to Wine Insiders, it is a delicately aromatic, medium-bodied wine with flavors of ripe pear and surprisingly bright citrus notes. And, it’s a versatile food wine, that pairs well with fish, grilled chicken or vegetables.
Pale yellow color with greenish tones, this lovely wine is made from 100% Airen grapes by the renowned Castro family of Spain. It is nicely balanced, light, and elegant with a crisp, round mouth feel and a fresh, persistent finish. The origins of Bodegas Fernando Castro date back to 1850, when its founder started his career in the world of viticulture. Bodegas Fernando Castro now exports its wines to more than 45 countries from its wineries in south central Spain, including Santa Cruz de Mudela, the source of this gem.