Best local white wines for the holidays
White wines are wonderful options for holiday parties, meals and even gifts. Luckily there is no shortage of terrific white wines in Paso Robles. We received so many delicious white wines that we created a separate list for recommended sparkling wines and rosé wines. Here are the local white wines we recommend to you.
Best Paso Robles white wines for the holidays
Allegretto 2016 Duetto White Blend – $32
Co-fermenting viognier and vermentino produced this delightful white with balanced acidity, and aromas of cardamom and orange blossom. This light-bodied wine is rounded out with notes of pineapple and crisp apple.
Asuncion Ridge 2017 Chardonnay – $34
This refreshing chard delivers flavors of Meyer lemon preserves, golden delicious apple, and cantaloupe with a white peach and cardamom finish.
Bianchi 2016 Chardonnay – $25
Excellent value for a delightful white wine. It has stone fruit and citrus flavors with toasty oak spice.
Brecon Estate 2017 Conviction – $29
A white Rhone-style blend of grenache blanc and viognier with layered aromatics, superb color and an intriguing palate. It’s the consummate winter white food wine. Rich and bold to the initial palate, it is immediately complemented by a veritable fruit bowl of citrus characters; lemon, lime, mandarin and grapefruit. Perfect compliment for creamy soups, chicken, and pasta dishes. Leaves the palate refreshed for that inevitable second helping.
Broken Earth Winery Vermentino 2017 – $24
This Italian-style white wine offers aromas of pear and honeydew melon with flavors of stone fruit. It finishes with a ripe and sweet candy fragrance.
Calipaso 2016 Reserve Chardonnay – $38
This luxurious white has aromas of lemon zest and ripe melon mingled with subtle floral notes and just the right amount of vanilla. On the palate, the fruit and natural acidity compliment each other and lead to a rich finish.
Cass 2016 Rockin’ One Blanc – $32
This is a delightful blend of 45-percent roussanne, 28-percent marsanne, and 27-percent viognier. It offers aromas and flavors of apple, lemon custard and white peach. It has a soft acidity and pleasant minimality. The blend earned 90 points from Vinous.
Eberle 2016 Cotes-du-Robles Blanc – $24
This Rhone-style wine is a blend of grenache blanc and rousanne with a touch of viognier. It leads with an aroma of orange blossom and cardamom and fills the mouth with flavors pear and lemon zest. It will pair well with appetizers like soft aged cheeses, shellfish and other seafood.
Hearst Ranch Winery 2016 Glacier Ridge Chardonnay – $25
Let this wine breathe a little while in the glass to enjoy its fullness. Mineral undertones add an interesting texture to this wine’s varietal character. Enjoy with smoked salmon appetizers, seared ahi, or rare to medium-rare steak medallions. This chardonnay is a versatile wine with the body to support any holiday food pairing.
J Dusi 2017 Pinot Grigio – $18
A perfect start to any dinner party and a fantastic value. This crystal clear and stainless steel fermented Pinot Grigio is refreshing and light. It offers hints of wildflowers and flavors of honeydew melon, pear and passion fruit.
Opolo 2017 Roussanne – $26
Opens with sumptuous aromas of lemongrass and white peach. Flavors of green apple and cinnamon lead to a fleshy mouthfeel and a lively mineral finish.
Peachy Canyon 2016 Chardonnay – $32
This York Mountain chardonnay opens on the nose with lemon rind, green apple, and toasted oak. The whole-cluster-pressed wine reveals flavors of creamy lemon bar and tropical fruit and finishes with notes of creme brûlée.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2017 Muscat Blanc “Ozzie” – $15
This muscat blanc is an great value and perfect for the holidays. It offers sweet aromas of citrus with flavors of apricots followed by a smooth, silky and sparkly finish.
Riverstar 2017 Sauvignon Blanc – $22
This delightful white has tropical aromas with notes of citrus, grapefruit and passion fruit. It finishes with a bright acidity.
Robert Hall 2016 Cavern Select Chardonnay – $28
This vintage has aromas of spiced apples and apricots. It’s medium bodied with flavors of pastry cream and toasted oak.
San Simeon 2016 Viognier – $20
This wine is a clear straw green color. It offers delicate, toasty, tropical aromas of peaches. It has flavors of coconut macaroon, dried mango, and sweet and peppery spices. It finishes with moderate oak.
Talley Vineyards 2016 Estate Chardonnay – $34
Talley’s signature white wine. It’s an expression of the calcareous soils and cool maritime climate of the Arroyo Grande Valley. It has a light gold appearance, with a buttery aroma. On the palate, classic citrus elements of tangerine and lemon are enhanced with notes of honey-roasted nuts and a toasty finish.
Victor Hugo 2017 Estate Viognier – $22
This viognier offers aromas of honeysuckle and ripe apricots intertwined with hints of almond blossom. The rich, silky flavors from the new seasoned Hungarian Oak Barrels give it a rich finish. It is ready to drink now, this viognier is delicious and approachable. It’s a good wine to pair with appetizers, cheeses, and holiday meal.
Vina Robles 2015 White 4 – $16
This refreshing blend is a great value and showcases the bold fruit flavors of viognier, pleasantly crisp verdelho, rich smooth finish of vermintino and sweet hints of honeysuckle and pear in the sauvigon blanc. With layers of fruit and richness this medium-bodied wine has a delicious quenching finish.
Paso Robles wine recommendations
• Best local sparkling wines for the holidays
• Best local rosé wines for the holidays
• Best local white wines for the holidays
• Best local Spanish-style wines for the holidays
• Best local pinot noir wines for the holidays
• Best local zinfandel and Italian-style wines for the holidays
• Best local cabernet sauvignon and Bordeaux-style wines for the holidays
• Best local Rhone-style red wines for the holidays
• Best local dessert wines for the holidays
Publisher’s note: For the fifth year in a row we thought it would be a great idea to recommend local wines for upcoming holiday parties and dinners. Once again, we received an amazing amount of participation from our local wineries. Over the last few weeks, we received more than 100 entries. After tasting and tasting and tasting, there were many solid, well-made wines to recommend. We have created several lists of top local wines into categories. The recommended wines above are in alphabetical order.