21 California White Wines to Drink Now

LIOCO Charles Heintz Chardonnay
2008 ($45)
Winemaker Kevin Kelley apprenticed in Burgundy before returning to make beautiful wines like this clean, precise chardonnay. Made from late-harvest grapes meticulously tended along the chilly, fog-shrouded slopes of the Sonoma Coast, this amber-hued chardonnay looks oaked but was made in stainless steel. It smells of heather and tastes like pineapple, honeyed pear, and apricot, balanced by bracing minerals. Todd Coleman
Pride Viognier
2009 ($42)
Sappy and luscious with waves of peach, nectarine, and grapefruit. Todd Coleman
Bonterra Viognier
2007 ($19)
Certified organic and easy to drink; tangy with white peaches and minerals. Todd Coleman
Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2009 ($34)
Cured olive, pear, and apple edged by delicate wood. Todd Coleman
Peay Estate Chardonnay
2008 ($50)
Young, tense, with an edge of lime zest and a mineral intensity. Todd Coleman
Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
2009 ($16)
Fleshy apple and fig balanced by a stony bite. Todd Coleman
Kunde Family Estate Chardonnay
2009 ($15)
Lively pears and toasty vanilla from an eco-friendly winery. Todd Coleman
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay
2007 ($60)
Caramel-cream, peach, and green apple with richness and snap. Todd Coleman
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
2007 ($36)
All-chardonnay sparkler with hints of tarte tatin, lemons, and ginger. Todd Coleman
Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs
2004 ($85)
A luscious, yeasty, and delicate sparkler. Todd Coleman
Holly’s Hill Roussanne
2009 ($18)
Peony, fennel, and chamomile in a crisp Rhone-style blend. Todd Coleman
Palmina Arneis
2009 ($20)
Lip-smacking crispness with a mineral spine and almond-milk finish. Todd Coleman
Honig Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc
2009 ($25)
Lilting melon and citrus; a polished white wine. Todd Coleman
Parducci Muscat Canelli
2006 ($10.99)
Honeyed, apricot-and-musk dessert wine from a sustainable producer. Todd Coleman
Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
Josh Jensen was among the pioneers who interned in Burgundy, bustling in the cellars of Domaine de la Romanee-Conti and Domaine Dujac as early as 1970. This Chardonnay remains an appropachable treat, with fleshy apple and fig balanced by a stony mineral bite. Todd Coleman
Schramsberg “J Schram” Sparkling Wine (North Coast)
2003 ($100)
The most powerful and richest sparkling wine made in California. Intense toasted brioche, roasted nut, biscuit, and baked apricot aromas and flavors. If you like, say, Dom Perignon or Krug Champagne, this is for you. Todd Coleman
La Clarine Farm Sierra Foothills
Every evolving, delightful wine that is floral and beeswaxy. Todd Coleman
Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold White
Fresh, fennel and stony. Todd Coleman
Domaine Carneros Blanc de Noirs
2006 ($33)
Creamy, biscuity bubbles gilded with black-cherry fragrance from an organic grower. Todd Coleman
Honig Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc, Reserve
2008 ($25)
Lilting notes of melon and citrus radiate from this polished white wine. Drink it with cheese and fruit on the patio on a hot summer night. Todd Coleman
De Chanceny Cremant de Loire Brut
This dry, pale gold sparkler has a lively, tickling effervescence and a grapefruit and honey finish. It’s citrus clean and light, great for pairing with turkey, cranberries, and cream sauces. Anna Stockwell