Here’s a real winner. Viognier is the product of a white wine grape originally grown in Rhône River Valley of France as early as 281 AD. Like many Muscat and Riesling wines, Viognier is characteristically aromatic. One of our favorite Central Coast wineries, Saddlehorn Cellars, produced this delicious 2011 Della Flora from fruit grown in its heritage vineyards. It features aromas and flavors of floral, peach, apricot, pear, and melon.
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.
Grapes for this wine were grown in the Riverina of South Eastern Australia. Aromas showcase tropical fruits and citrus scents with a hint of oak while the palate is rich with peachy flavors and a clean, crisp finish, making it an excellent choice with full-flavored seafood and shellfish and perfect with roast chicken.
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.
From the West Cape of South Africa, this treat offers rich aromas and flavors of citrus marmalade, figs and grilled nuts with subtle hints of butterscotch and spice. The wine makes a perfect complement to mild preparations of shellfish, fish or white meats like chicken or veal. The wine’s silky texture also provides a great accompaniment to pâté or butter and cream sauces (its acidity provides a nice counterbalance to the richness of these foods).
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.
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.
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”