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.
An elegant, 100% Chardonnay wine that showcases bright, concentrated citrus, pear, green apple and nectarine fruit, with just a touch of oak to add richness to the palate, a perfect match for roast salmon. The exceptional grapes for this wine were grown on hillside vineyards in the cool Carneros region. It’s a growing area noted for its cool climate and low yields, being situated on the north side of the San Francisco Bay, and is well known for its Burgundian-style terroir.
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.
Here’s a wonderful white wine with a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel that showcases aromas and flavors reminiscent of grapefruit, spice, orange blossom and apple leading to a clean, bright finish. Its medium body allows it to pair nicely with meaty fish or even poultry, while its brisk acidity and minerality make it a natural with fresh seafood.
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.
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.
Nestled away in the stunning Dolomite Mountains of northern Italy, not far from the country’s border with Austria, the Luisi Winery creates its own brand of magic from its lush vineyards. This very special Italian beauty showcases flavors of ripe apples and grapefruit with a delightfully crisp finish.
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.
Tied Knot Trail wines come from one of our favorite vintners and are produced from grapes grown in one of the first vineyards in the state planted to Riesling in California. The winemaker continues to impress with each new vintage. The 2010 is delicate, soft and approachable while remaining refreshingly crisp. Fruit takes center stage with aromas and flavors of Meyer lemon, pink grapefruit and peach. Enjoy with richly-sauced seafood, poultry or fruited rice dishes.
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This 100% Chardonnay features bright, concentrated citrus, pear, green apple and nectarine fruit, with just a touch of rich oak. The wine lingers on the palate with the structure and acidity to provide for good longevity. Try it with cream based sauces or grilled Salmon. It's also great with creamy cheeses.
Inspired by a memorable vacation along the wine roads in France with guide Peter Bellchambers, celebrated landscape architect, artist and bon vivant, a top California winemaker created this crisp, refreshing white wine. Aromas of fresh Bosc pear, peaches and orange blossom lead to a flavorful palate of ripe white pear and lemon zest.
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.
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.
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.
California Riesling tends to be softer and fuller, with more diverse flavors than a "typical" German Riesling. The family behind Hidden Leaf had owned the land for generations before deciding to turn a passion for wine into vineyards. Our expert panel found this 2011 vintage Riesling to be deliciously crisp with vibrant fruit aromas and subtle spice notes. Layers of apricot, peach and orange blossom intermingle with bursts of aromatic jasmine, making it a nice choice with white fish, pork or spicy Asian cuisine.