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

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