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.
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.
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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!
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.
An exceptional example of Monterey Chardonnays, this delightful selection has crisp acidity and intense tropical fruit, both hallmarks of the Monterey County region. Nuances of sweet oak create a wonderfully well-balanced, fruit-forward wine that make a spectacular partner to seafood, poultry and white meats.
This is the debut of a California white wine blend from one of our favorite wineries. Crisp and light with a wonderful natural acidity due to its 85% French Colombard content. Opens with inviting fruit and floral aromas of white peach and sweet mango with subtle touches of fresh jasmine blossom and white chai tea. Ripe, juicy flavors include nectarine and grapefruit. A bright, slightly off-dry flavor profile lingers well through a clean, refreshing finish.
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.
Pale yellow color with greenish tones, this lovely wine is made from 100% Airen grapes by the renowned Castro family of Spain. It is nicely balanced, light, and elegant with a crisp, round mouth feel and a fresh, persistent finish. The origins of Bodegas Fernando Castro date back to 1850, when its founder started his career in the world of viticulture. Bodegas Fernando Castro now exports its wines to more than 45 countries from its wineries in south central Spain, including Santa Cruz de Mudela, the source of this gem.
Come try this fruit-driven white wine of character that's soft, approachable and very easy to drink. Its luscious golden color greets the eye, followed by enticing aromas of honey, pear and roasted almonds. Spicy stone fruit and pear flavors, with subtle hints of honeysuckle, lead to a very crisp finish and lingering aftertaste of guava.
Here’s a delightfully sophisticated white wine from one of the most respected winemakers in Bordeaux. Its enticingly bright citrus and green apple aromas introduce refreshingly fruity flavors. A touch of Semillon adds a smooth finish to this lively, dry Sauvignon Blanc, making it just right with hors d’oeurves or the meal’s first course.
Here's a refreshing blend of Grenache Blanc and Viognier grapes from the winery’s vineyards in the Santa Ynez Valley. Aromas and flavors exhibit herbs and spice that play nicely with food. The Grenache Blanc component adds acidity and structure to the wine, while the Viognier adds fruit on the palate and a tangible voluptuousness.
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.
You’ll love this crisp, refreshing white wine gem from Alderbrook Winery. It’s extremely food-friendly and the perfect choice when entertaining good friends. Because of the winery’s unique locale at the convergence of the Dry Creek and Russian River valleys, Alderbrook’s vineyard enjoys the luxury of extended “hang time.” This produces more mature fruit, and results in rich, full-bodied flavor characteristics, qualities that are ultimately apparent in the wines.