With its crisp stone fruit and bright citrus flavors, this tasty California Pinot Grigio adds a refreshing verve to most any light meal. Produced by a fourth generation Central Coast grape grower turned University of California-trained winemaker, the 2012 Ivory goes great with favorites like prosciutto and melon or Hawaiian pizza with its blend of ham and pineapple. But you’d better have at least a few bottles on hand – it disappears quickly!
A well-balanced and graceful white wine you’ll want to savor over a romantic dinner of chicken, fish, lobster, or spicy Asian food. Created in the style of Alsatian French Rieslings, this popular favorite is produced by a California winery that has long been a “go-to” vintner for our Wine Insiders expert panel. Elegant and aromatic, the vintage showcases characteristic aromas and flavors of stone fruit and pears. This is one to keep on hand for your own family gatherings and neighborly entertaining.
Sauvignon Blanc is New Zealand’s most widely planted varietal. One sip of this sumptuous wine will tell you why. Lovely and ripe, the nose shows fragrant aromas of peach, citrus and tropical fruit with gentle herbaceous notes. It has the brightness, breadth and acidity to pair with crab, lobster, oysters, and other shellfish as well as light, flaky fish and salads.
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.
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 gem of a wine from Martellotto Wine Productions, and winery owner Greg Martellotto, who’s intention is to make remarkable wines of consequence, consistency, value, and varietal expression. This 2011 Chardonnay features aromas and flavors of baked apples and pears. A broadened mouthfeel and yummy minerality combine with layers of vanilla, toast, and nutmeg, making it a splendid choice with full-flavored seafood and shellfish, as well as many veal and pork entrées.
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.
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.
A rich, ripe flavorful Chardonnay from Sonoma County featuring a wonderfully round mouthfeel and a delightfully fruity palate with hints of butter and oak. Crisp enough to pair with crustaceans like shrimp and lobsters, the wine will really shine when put alongside a simple white fish dressed in butter and lemon.
This is a sumptuous South African wine that is just right with mild preparations of shellfish, fish or white meats like chicken or veal. The wine’s silky texture also makes it a wonderful match with pâté or dishes featuring butter and cream sauces. Lemon curd and baked red apple aromas greet as you approach the glass and lead to bright lemon, apple and apricot flavors. This is a treat you’ll want to stock up on!
Straight from the Barossa Valley in Australia, comes this pale, green-tinged yellow wine with pungent lemon pith, nectarine and mineral aromas. Its refreshingly bitter citrus and pit fruit flavors (with a hint of ginger adding bite) lead to a dry, persistent finish. Kaesler is a privately owned wine company that produces estate grown wines from vineyards planted as early as 1893. This 2011 Old Vine Semillon is one of Australia’s true wine treasures.
Floral notes, not unlike acacia with a tinge of honey. Crisp with fresh apple flavors and a hint of lemon. Serve chilled. “veen-yuh-RAWN deh tehr seh-CREHT ki pree-SAY may-COHN vee-LAJ”
This classic blend is from Entre Deux Mers, a sub-region of Bordeaux best known for its dry white wines. This gem features a combination of Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and a small amount of Muscadelle (which adds a flowery/spicy note) resulting in a bright, refreshing wine with notes of zesty citrus, spring meadow, almond, spice and a hint of vanilla. It nicely pairs with freshly shucked oysters with a squeeze of lemon; sashimi or pan-fried sole or trout; or even salads.
Grown in a sunny, protected valley in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, this treat showcases the flavors of a cooler weather Sauvignon Blanc, with a touch of Semillon for depth. Fresh and zesty with aromas of melon, freshly cut grass, green apple, sweet citrus zest and fig, this wine has a brisk acidity that carries its fruit and herbal flavors through a refreshing finish. Serve with fresh goat cheese, seafood or vegetarian dishes.
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.