17 Recommended California White Wines at VanWineFest 2019

As California was the theme region for VanWineFest 2019, you would expect Chardonnay to be prominent in my list of favourite white wines, and you would be right.  But there is also Viognier, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc.  I put the region in California with the wine name if the winery shows a specific area.  If you like any of these wines, try visiting a BC Signature Liquor Store, as they would either likely carry it normally, or would have any extra wines left from the Festival that are now up for sale.  Enjoy.

My Favourite White Wines from California

Black Stallion Estate Winery, Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley – Ripe tropical fruit, vanilla and butterscotch on the nose with more on the palate.  Balanced, round and soft.  4.5 out of 5 stars

Don Sebastiani & Sons B-Side Chardonnay 2016, Sonoma County – Nice citrus, vanilla and tropical fruit aromas.  These aromas continue to the palate.  The wine is round, with medium acidity giving some prickle on your tongue.  I also picked up butterscotch flavour as well. Nice. Balanced. 4.5 out of 5 stars

The Hess Collection Hess Select Chardonnay 2017 – Ripe stone fruit nose.  Medium plus body and medium acidity.  Stone fruit and juicy tropical fruit flavours, along with vanilla and butterscotch later on. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Hope Family Wines Treana Chardonnay 2015, Paso Robles – Ripe, sweet lemon nose.  Tasty sweet spices with roasted apple flavour.  Off-dry, soft and round.  Tasty. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Don Sebastiani & Sons B-Side Chardonnay 2016, The Hess Collection Hess Select Chardonnay 2017, and Hope Family Wines Treana Chardonnay 2015 at VanWineFest 2019

Don Sebastiani & Sons B-Side Chardonnay 2016, The Hess Collection Hess Select Chardonnay 2017, and Hope Family Wines Treana Chardonnay 2015 at VanWineFest 2019

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016, Paso Robles – Made with Clone 76.  This wine has a nice pear nose.  Medium body and acidity. Dry.  Rich pear and butterscotch flavours.  4.5 out of 5 stars

Justin Vineyards and Winery Landmark Chardonnay 2016, Paso Robles – Toasty apple nose.  Dry, round, full-bodied, with medium acidity.  Apples and toasty oak flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma Series Chardonnay 2017, Sonoma County – Light tropical fruit nose.  Medium plus body and acidity.  Tasty stone fruit and light vanilla flavours. 4.5 out of 5 stars

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016, Justin Vineyards and Winery Landmark Chardonnay 2016, and Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma Series Chardonnay 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2019

J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Arroyo Vista Chardonnay 2016, Justin Vineyards and Winery Landmark Chardonnay 2016, and Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma Series Chardonnay 2017 wines at VanWineFest 2019

Silverado Vineyards Estate Grown Vineburg Chardonnay 2017, Napa Valley – Light toasty apple nose.   Dry, medium body and acidity.  Apples and sweet spice flavours.  Structured. Nice. 4.5 out of 5 stars

St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley – Light green melon nose.  Dry and round, with flinty, gooseberry and green fruit flavours.  Not too acidic. Nice. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Aveta Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, Napa Valley – Light butterscotch nose.  Soft, round with light acidity and mouthfeel.  Light tropical fruit, butterscotch, and sweet spices on the palate.  Some pepperiness on the finish. Elegant. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Silverado Vineyards Estate Grown Vineburg Chardonnay 2017,Stag's Leap Wine Cellars Aveta Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, and St Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc at VanWineFest 2019

Silverado Vineyards Estate Grown Vineburg Chardonnay 2017, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars Aveta Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc 2017, and St. Supery Estate Vineyards and Winery Napa Valley Estate Sauvignon Blanc 2017 at VanWineFest 2019

Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Viognier 2017, Napa Valley – Nice orange and citrus aromas with more on the palate. Dry with medium body and acidity. Also picked up some sweet spices, apricots and mintiness. Tasty. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley – Light stone fruit nose.  Medium body with a silky mouthfeel.  Baked apple and pear, plus sweet spices on the palate. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Trefethen Family Vineyards Dry Riesling 2017, Napa Valley – Lime and stone fruit aromas.  Off-dry with an acidic prickle on your tongue.  Lemon and lime flavours, along with a mineral streak. Tasty. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2016, Central & North Coasts – Earthy, flinty and apple on the nose.  Fuller body with rich apple and sweet spice flavours.  Round with medium acidity. Very good. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Stags' Leap Winery Napa Valley Viognier 2017 and Chardonnay 2016, and Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 wines at VanWineFest 2019

Stags’ Leap Winery Napa Valley Viognier 2017 and Chardonnay 2016, and Tom Gore Vineyards Chardonnay 2016 wines at VanWineFest 2019

Trefethen Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley – Light apple nose. Dry with medium body and acidity. Crisp apple with a mineral touch. Quality. 4.5 out of 5 stars

Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2017, Livermore Valley – Nice ripe pears and butterscotch aromas.  Medium plus body, round with medium acidity.  Tropical fruit, sweet spices, and a touch of oak.  Elegant. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Wente Vineyards Riva Ranch Single Vineyard (Monterey) Chardonnay 2016, Livermore Valley – Ripe tropical fruit, vanilla and butterscotch on the nose.  Fuller body, rich and round mouthfeel. Medium acidity.  Tropical fruit, butterscotch and oak flavours. Quality. 4.5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars

Trefethen Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016, Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2017 and Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 at VanWineFest 2019

Trefethen Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016, Wente Vineyards Morning Fog Chardonnay 2017 and Riva Ranch Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 at VanWineFest 2019

 

Drink Good Wine. That is my motto and I really want to help you drink good wine. What is good wine? That can be a different thing for each people. Food also loves wine so I also cover food and wine pairings and restaurant reviews. MyWinePal was started by Karl Kliparchuk, WSET. I spent many years with the South World Wine Society as the President and then cellar master. I love to travel around the world, visiting wine regions and sharing my passion for food & wine with you. Come live vicariously through me, and enjoy all my recommended wines.

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