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.
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.
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Here’s a deliciously robust California wine ready to share the stage with a juicy steak or slowly cooked, savory stew. It offers notes of dried black cherry, blueberry, ripe plum, tobacco and exotic spice supported through a lengthy finish by fine tannins and refreshing acidity, and a rich thread of vanilla. The maritime influences of the Pacific Ocean moderate temperatures throughout a lengthy growing season allowing wines to develop full flavors and great acid balance.
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.
A terrific wine with a crisp, fresh mouth-feel offering flavors of fresh citrus, white peach and herbal notes. Delicious as an aperitif, but the wine’s complexity and verve make it a great match with seafood, from shrimp and scallops to oily smoked fish like salmon and mackerel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
As the name says, this is a wine big on flavor and bold, with ripe flavors floating over a fine structure of natural fruit acidity. If you haven’t already tried it, there’s no better time than now. The Geja’s Big Bold Red is a feisty, impudent red with prominent, aggressive tannins that are fresh and forward. This is one wine you can enjoy every day of the week at a price that’s hard to beat.
Enticing scents swirl in the glass, leading to distinctive flavors of melon, lemon zest and fig in this classic California Sauvignon Blanc. This brisk white wine pairs nicely with crab, lobster and other crustaceans; oysters, mussels and other shellfish; light, flaky fish; and salads.