Best Rhone-style white wines for the holidays
—With the holidays just around the corner we put a call out to local wineries for their top holiday wine recommendations. They did not disappoint. When you celebrate the season, throw holiday parties, and plan your Christmas dinner, consider pouring some of these tasty Rhone-style white wines.
We received so many excellent white wines that we decided to showcase the Rhone-style white wines in one story and share the other top white wines in another installment of our best holiday wines series.
From the dozens of wines submitted, below are the best Rhone-style white wines we recommend. They are in alphabetical order. Serve them chilled.
Eberle Winery 2015 ‘Mill Road Vineyard’ Viognier – $26
This wine has vibrant flavors of white peaches, melon and lemon zest with a clean finish. It will pair well with appetizers, pasta and seafood.
Four Lanterns Winery Lamplight 2015 Viognier – $28
This wine has great balance, minerality, and slight notes of pear and stone fruit. It has a wonderful round mouth feel. It would be perfect for spicy foods, poultry or fish.
Hearthstone 2013 Roussanne – $28
This delightful wine offers toasted buttered cream notes with accents of cinnamon and pear with a lingering finish. It’s a great holiday aperitif.
Michael Gill Cellars 2013 Viognier – $38
This delightful wine shows a light straw color and leads with aromas of peaches and dried apricot. It is fruity and medium-bodied. It recently won two gold medals at international wine competitions. It will pair well with any holiday meal.
Midnight Cellars 2015 Aurora – $29
This reserve Rhone-style white wine is 25-percent viognier, 25-percent grenache blanc, 25-roussanne, and 25-percent Marsanne. It displays floral aromas of honeysuckle, peach and mango. The palate is light and refreshing with a bright acidity that supplements its flavors of pineapple, stone fruits and a hint of coconut.
Nadeau Family Vintners 2015 Viognier – $22
This wine offers floral and fruity notes with honey flavors and a touch of minerality. It is delicious and approachable. It’s a good wine to pair with appetizers at a holiday meal.
Peachy Canyon 2014 Concrete Blanc – 25
It’s an excellent example of acid and richness in balance: this wine has a luxuriously creamy mouthfeel combined with vibrant acidity that tastes like Meyer lemon and white nectarine.
Pomar Junction 2015 Viognier – $28
This is a dry, crisp viognier with a tropical and floral nose. It is a fruit forward viognier exhibiting lime and pear flavors on the palate, with a lingering peach and honeysuckle finish. This wine pairs perfectly with lighter fair and seafood.
San Simeon Viognier 2015 – $19
This wine is a clear straw green color. It offers delicate, toasty, tropical aromas of pineapple and apricot. It has flavors of coconut macaroon, dried mango, and sweet and peppery spices. It finishes with moderate oak.
Seven Angels Cellars 2014 Unorthodox – $22
This Rhone-style white blend is mostly grenache blanc with viognier, picpoul blanc and marsanne, It won a silver medal at the 2016 San Francisco International Wine Competition. It has a light straw color, citrus and buttery notes, tart Asian pear flavors with a juicy finish. It would compliment holiday deserts like pumpkin pie and lemon bars.
Shale Oak 2014 Grenache Blanc – $38
This delicious wine has tart, green apple flavors. A good cooking wine – and by that we mean you should drink it while cooking. It’s also a great glass of wine with which to greet your guests at the door.
Summerwood Vin Blanc 2014 – $25
This Rhone-style wine is blend of roussanne and viognier from Hearthstone and Alta Colina Vineyards. It offers aromas of apricot and oranges. It has a soft mouthfeel with flavors of pears and citrus.
Treana Blanc 2014 – $30
A Central Coast blend of 45-percent viognier, 45-percent marsanne and 10-percent rousanne. It earned 92 points from Wine Enthusiast. It offers aromas of pineapple and orange with floral notes of honeysuckle and citrus blossom. It has a silky texture and stone fruit flavors. It’s a wonderful way to start your holidays.
Vina Robles White 4, 2015 – $16
Vina Robles proves a winery can deliver a solid wine at a reasonable price. This Paso Robles blend is mostly viognier, with sauvignon blanc, verdelho and vermentino. It has peach and pear flavors with a touch of sweetness.
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Publisher‘s note: For the third year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, I had no idea how much participation we would receive from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks we received more than 100 entries. I was originally planning a list of 10 or so of the best wines, but after tasting and tasting and tasting, there were just too many solid, well-made wines to recommend. So we decided to break up the list of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines are in alphabetical order.
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