21 California White Wines to Drink Now Published Oct 18, 2010 8:00 AM Drink SHARE 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 2008 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 2009 Every evolving, delightful wine that is floral and beeswaxy. Todd Coleman Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold White 2008 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 MORE TO READ RELATED The Outlier of Natural Wines Just Got Its Very Own Shop Welcome to Orange Glou. READ NOW RELATED The Gin Gimlet Is Deceptively Simple—Here’s How to Make Each Ingredient Shine And stay true to the storied English cocktail’s... RELATED Pitcher-Perfect Sangria Recipes to Sip Through All Season A summer classic for a reason.