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 fantastic white wines in Paso Robles. We received so many tasty 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 2014 Viognier – $35
This white is an Ayres Family Reserve wine from the Allegretto Resort in Paso Robles. It’s a luscious Rhone-style wine. It delivers aromas and flavors of mandarin orange and lingering creme brulee on the palate.
Burbank Ranch 2014 Grenache Blanc – $25
Grenache Blanc is native to the sunny Rhone region of France making it exactly suited to the Paso Robles climate. The 2012 vintage produced a refreshing wine with crisp acidity. Mandarin orange aromas and bright flavors of apple, minerals, and white peach are perfect for a lunch or sipping anytime.
Cass 2015 Rockin’ One Blanc – $32
This is a delightful blend of 46-percent roussanne, 37-percent marsanne, and 17-percent viognier. It offers aromas and flavors of buttercream, lemon custard and white peach. It has a soft acidity and pleasant minerality. The blend earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine.
Castoro Cellars 2016 Gewurztraminer – $16
Gewurztraminer is the quintessential holiday wine. It delivers all the season’s spices with freshness and exotic floral aromas. This dry wine is given a splash of orange muscat wine to soften the finish and add a hint of orange blossom aroma.
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.
Ecluse 2015 Chardonnay – $32
This wonderfully balanced Chardonnay carries notes of crisp apple and pear. This wine is aged for eight months in both stainless and oak and the result is a crisp, delightfully light and drinkable white. Fans of sauvignon blanc will enjoy this chardonnay. Great with vegetable dishes or appetizers.
Felten Cellars 2014 Viognier – $21
This wine offers luscious pear and apple flavors. It’s not too sharp and has a velvety finish. It’s a perfect wine to start your holiday festivities. It’s fresh and crisp with a touch of sweetness.
Opolo 2016 Roussanne – $24
Opens with sumptuous aromas of lemon and white peach. Flavors of green apple and cinnamon lead to a fleshy mouthfeel and a lively mineral finish.
Peachy Canyon 2016 Concrete Blanc – $26
This 100-percent viognier is an excellent example of acid and richness in balance: This wine has a creamy mouthfeel combined with vibrant acidity and flavors of mango, guava, and peach. On the nose, it offers tropical notes of passionfruit, and minerality. It’s a great wine for holiday parties.
Pomar Junction 2016 Cotes De Pomar – $36
This wine shows the best attributes of roussanne, grenache blanc, and viognier. It offers tropical fruits, pleasant acidity, and spiciness. This classic white Rhone-style blend earned 90+ points from the Wine Advocate. It will pair well with cheeses, fish and poultry.
Pomar Junction 2016 Grenache Blanc – $30
This is a versatile, light refreshing white wine with a hint of bananas and a very clean finish. It will pair well with holiday appetizers and salads.
San Simeon 2016 Viognier – $19
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.
Treana Blanc 2014 – $25
A Central Coast blend of 45-percent viognier, 45-percent marsanne and 10-percent rousanne. It earned 91 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.
Treana 2015 Chardonnay – $20
This is bright and straw-colored wine with aromas of apricot, orange blossom, and vanilla. On the palate, the chardonnay is crisp with ripe tropical and citrus fruits. It has a pleasant, long finish marked by acidity and a chalky-minerality.
Victor Hugo 2016 Estate Viognier – $22
This 2016 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 2016 Vermentino – $18
This dry white wine from Vina Robles’s estate Huerhuero Vineyard has a complex aroma and a full-bodied dry finish. Try it with pasta complemented with pesto or with a traditional fettuccine alfredo. This vermentino can flatter grilled salmon or filet mignon with equal gusto. Add a fresh green salad with figs, balsamic dressing and crumbled crostino and this wine captures any palate.
Vina Robles 2016 White 4 – $16
This refreshing blend 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 zinfandel and Italian-style wines for the holiday
• 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 fourth 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.