As you search for exceptional new wines to enjoy at home or perhaps to send to a helpful neighbour as a thank you, now is the perfect time to explore some of the sumptuous wines of California, without leaving the comfort of your sofa.
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With ever increasing diversity and quality of online retailers’ selections, discover the California Collection at the click of a button. These seven exceptional wines are truly expressive of the unique growing conditions in California, from Monterey to Napa Valley, and are available through online retailers who can deliver direct to your (or your neighbour’s) door.
Edna Valley Chardonnay 2017, Central Coast
Bright with aromas of crisp green apple and hints of lemon zest. Delightful on the palate, layers of white peach and hints of apricot seamlessly blend with notes of baked apple and subtle hints of oak. A vibrant acidity and supple, generous mouth feel create a perfectly balanced white. A classic Central Coast Chardonnay, defined by its beautiful indulgent texture, perfect for spring afternoons in the garden.
Food Pairing – Cod Gratin or Asparagus Risotto
Orin Swift Blank Stare Sauvignon Blanc 2016, California
Barrel fermented in 55% new French oak, this is Sauvignon Blanc but not as you know it. Glowing in the glass, the aromatics concentrate with notes of lemongrass, fresh cut grass and hints of lavender, cream and jasmine. On the palate, the entry is all acidity but with a serious mid-palate—lively flavours of kiwi, lime and intriguing minerality. The finish is bright and youthful with a slight Meyer lemon rind closing out the wine.
Food Pairing – Chicken or Tofu Pad Thai
Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Chardonnay 2018, Monterey
Looking for a wine to brighten up your virtual happy hour? Look no further… Ripe, sumptuous and fruit forward this is a highly approachable Chardonnay grown in one of the coolest microclimates in California. Kali Hart is an exceptionally refreshing Chardonnay. Notes of ripe stone fruit and juicy tropical notes meet aromas of Madagascar vanilla for a bright mouthfeel straight through to the finish.
Food Pairing – Butternut Squash Ravioli or Pasta Carbonara
Edna Valley Pinot Noir 2017, Central Coast
Grown in vineyards situated just five miles from the Pacific Ocean, the grapes of Edna Valley are afforded rich soils, gentle sunshine and cool ocean fog throughout the long growing season; these elements combine to coax the best possible flavour and creating a longer ripening season, perfect for Pinot Noir. The result is a wine that expresses sumptuous notes of red cherry and rose petals, harmonising with complex earthiness, concluding with an elegant and lengthy finish.
Food Pairing – Shredded Duck with Siracha Plum Sauce or Miso Aubergine
Orin Swift Palermo Cabernet Sauvignon 2017, California
A wine as striking, emotive and dark as the label that adorns it. A generous Cabernet Sauvignon, this wine is sure to upgrade your next barbecue. The nose presents immediate aromas of boysenberry, currants, graphite, cedar, fir ash and vanilla. Seamless on the entry with resounding energy, the mid-palate features lush blackberry and black cherry as well as a hint of sweet red liquorice. Long, complex tannins punctuate the finish with an elegant and tapering note of black tea.
Food Pairing – Barbecued New York Strip or Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
Talbott Vineyards Kali Hart Pinot Noir 2017, Monterey
This wine is elegantly expressive of the cool climate where the Pinot Noir grapes were grown, in the Talbott estate vineyards in the Santa Lucia Highlands. Approachable and bright, this complex Pinot Noir opens with aromas of Bing cherry, cola, boysenberry and hints of vanilla. On the palate, intense notes of rich red and black berries are supported by hints of oak and are accentuated by soft, silky tannins.
Food Pairing – Sunday Roast Chicken or Mushroom Wellington
Bear Flag Zinfandel 2017, Sonoma County
The majority of the grapes sourced are from the Dry Creek Valley, one of the most renowned Zinfandel growing areas in California. Dry Creek’s daytime heat and cool, calm nights enable Zinfandel to develop bold fruit characteristics along with hints of spice and savoury complexity. On the palate, dense, dark fruit characteristics are reminiscent of blueberry pie. Notes of toasted oak and vanilla seamlessly meld with a plush, lingering mouthfeel.
Food Pairing – Barbecued Short Rib or Vegan Burritos