Best Paso Robles white wines for summer
There’s nothing like a delicious local white wine to kick off the summer season. Save yourself a trip to the grocery store wandering through the aisles trying to figure out what you want to buy. Review our list instead.
There are so many fantastic Paso Robles and regional white wine choices you are going to get a winner, no matter which you pick. Check out our top choices for summer white wine drinking below. These wines taste great all year long, but summer is the time to celebrate them. If you enjoy rosé wines, be sure to check out our recommendations here, as well.
White wines to enjoy this summer
Bushong Vintage Company 2018 Spanish Castle Queen – $27
Albarino from Edna Valley’s Paragon Vineyards. Flavors of key lime, golden delicious apple, and pineapple. Cold-fermented in stainless steel then aged four months in neutral French Oak.
Bushong Vintage Company 2018 Cold Roses – $25
Gewurtztraminer from a cool and sheltered section of an Adelaida vineyard. Aromatic fruit aromas with flavors of lychee, peaches, roses and lemon curd. Dry with a long-lasting finish.
Circle B Vineyard & Cellars 2016 Albarino – $20
Delicate but robust with aromas of peach, apricot and honeydew, and a long, smooth finish.
Cypher Winery 2017 Ethereal – $28
This white wine blend of clairette blanche, roussane, and marsanne has aromatics of stone fruit and minerality, followed by nectarine, apricot, honey, chamomile with a rich mouthfeel and a lingering mineral finish.
Ecluse 2015 Chardonnay – $32
This chardonnay from the Solomon Hills area of the Santa Maria AVA was aged for eight months both in stainless and oak to produce a crisp and complex wine that can be enjoyed on its own or with a variety of cuisines. Silver Medal – San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Ecluse 2016 Prelude – $32.00
A white Rhone-style blend of 67% Grenache Blanc and 33% Viognier, this complex wine is a beautiful golden color with aromas of peach, tropical fruit and a hint of honey. 92 Points – Wine Enthusiast
Hearst Ranch Winery 2017 Three Sisters Cuvee White – $22
This Rhone-style blend of roussanne, marsanne, and viognier has Aromatics of fresh-cut grass and clean minerality, fantastic acidity. Hints of medium toasted oak. flavors of lychee, gooseberry and apricot delight on the palate.
Michael Gill Cellars 2016 Vermentino Oso Blanco – $40
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of cotton candy and vanilla with a sweet nose and dry, fruity medium body. Brisk finish with fruit and tannins and no oak. Gold medal winner at the 2018 California State Fair Wine Competition.
Michael Gill Cellars 2017 Black Tie Viognier – $45
Medium yellow straw color. Bright toasty aromas and flavors of peaches, coconut, and lemon blossoms with a silky, dry, and fruity finish. Gold medal from the 2018 California State Fair.
Monochrome 2017 Neither Here Nor There – $38
This wine gives a nod to the chenin blanc of the lower Loire River Valley with a hint of New Zealand. From 47% barrel-fermented sauvignon blanc, 6% skin-fermented sauvignon blanc, and 47% barrel-fermented chenin blanc, it’s not like anything ever made in Paso Robles and not a textbook version of something from Sancerre, the lower Loire, or New Zealand. Hence the name… 92 Points, and Editor’s Choice, from the Wine Enthusiast
Nadia 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – $19
Aromas of lemon curd and nectarine are prevalent with a familiar hint of fresh cut grass. Bright flavors of lime and kiwi are complemented by vanilla crème and canned peaches. This sauvignon blanc finishes long with intense notes of lemon zest.
Opolo 2017 Pinot Gris – $26
Reminiscent of sunshine in the Alsace region of France, this white wine is a fruit forward complex pinot gris. Flavors of honeyed melon, clove, and cinnamon are followed by nectarine and white peach leading to a long finish.
Riverstar 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – $20
This wine has pineapple aromas with citrus, passion fruit, and grapefruit notes and bright acidity
Sculpterra Winery 2017 Viognier – $28
Fruity aromas with a slight mineral edge are followed by tastes of freshly sliced honeydew, savory nectarine and subtle spice delicately mingled with notes of pressed yellow apple and ripe pear.
SummerWood Winery 2017 Grenache Blanc – $30
This wine exhibits an initial aroma of freshly cut grass and wet stones, followed by citrus notes, white flowers and a hint of nectarines. Balanced acidity on the palate is paired with lemon zest, nectarines and a touch of minerality. Toast of the Coast Gold medal.
Tobin James Cellars 2015 Sauvignon Blanc ‘Sundance’ – $18
A brilliant light straw wine with aromas of rich grapefruit, lemon, and tropical essences. Flavors of grapefruit, lemon-lime, citrus, and kiwi lead to a crisp acidity, mouth-watering finish.
Vina Robles 2018 Albarino – $20
A light straw colored white wine from the Vina Robles Estate Huerhuero Vineyards with aromas of peaches and pears with hints of mineral notes. This wine is light to medium bodied with lemon-lime flavors and minerality characteristics.
Vina Robles 2018 Viognier – $20
A light straw colored white wine from the Vina Robles Estate Huerhuero Vineyards with aromas of peach, mandarin orange zest with hints of honeysuckle and ginger. This wine is medium bodied with lively citrus flavors leading to a rich finish.