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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
Here’s a red wine that can hold its own beside your heartiest dishes. Its upfront fruit aromas of black cherry and plum and notes of tobacco and spice thread deliciously through the fruit flavors to a clean, food friendly finish. The vineyard of this central California vintner has supplied grapes for over 40 years to some of California’s most awarded wineries.
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.
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“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