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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Justin Vineyards and Winery Landmark Chardonnay 2016, Paso Robles – Toasty apple nose. Dry, round, full-bodied, with medium acidity. Apples and toasty oak flavours.
Kenwood Vineyards Sonoma Series Chardonnay 2017, Sonoma County – Light tropical fruit nose. Medium-plus body and acidity. Tasty stone fruit and light vanilla flavours.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. –
Trefethen Family Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016, Napa Valley – Light apple nose. Dry with medium body and acidity. Crisp apple with a mineral touch. Quality.
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. –
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. –