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.
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.
The Spanish name Teresita translates to “late summer,” the beginning of the grape harvest in California. The wine’s ruby red color hints at flavors of ripe cherry and blackberry fruit balanced by hints of spice and licorice that carry through to its memorably smooth finish. Beef, lamb and pork will work well with this food-friendly choice, as the ripe berry flavors taste great alongside well-seared meats.
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.
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.