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.
Pride Viognier
2009 ($42)
Sappy and luscious with waves of peach, nectarine, and grapefruit.
Bonterra Viognier
2007 ($19)
Certified organic and easy to drink; tangy with white peaches and minerals.
Failla Sonoma Coast Chardonnay
2009 ($34)
Cured olive, pear, and apple edged by delicate wood.
Peay Estate Chardonnay
2008 ($50)
Young, tense, with an edge of lime zest and a mineral intensity.
Calera Central Coast Chardonnay
2009 ($16)
Fleshy apple and fig balanced by a stony bite.
Kunde Family Estate Chardonnay
2009 ($15)
Lively pears and toasty vanilla from an eco-friendly winery.
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay
2007 ($60)
Caramel-cream, peach, and green apple with richness and snap.
Schramsberg Blanc de Blancs
2007 ($36)
All-chardonnay sparkler with hints of tarte tatin, lemons, and ginger.
Domaine Carneros Le Reve Blanc de Blancs
2004 ($85)
A luscious, yeasty, and delicate sparkler.
Holly's Hill Roussanne
2009 ($18)
Peony, fennel, and chamomile in a crisp Rhone-style blend.
Palmina Arneis
2009 ($20)
Lip-smacking crispness with a mineral spine and almond-milk finish.
Honig Rutherford Sauvignon Blanc
2009 ($25)
Lilting melon and citrus; a polished white wine.
Parducci Muscat Canelli
2006 ($10.99)
Honeyed, apricot-and-musk dessert wine from a sustainable producer.
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.
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.
La Clarine Farm Sierra Foothills
Every evolving, delightful wine that is floral and beeswaxy.
Edmunds St. John Heart of Gold White
Fresh, fennel and stony.
Domaine Carneros Blanc de Noirs
2006 ($33)
Creamy, biscuity bubbles gilded with black-cherry fragrance from an organic grower.
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.
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.

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