Best white wines in Paso Robles for the holidays
–With the holiday season just around the corner, we invited our local wineries to help us with their top wine recommendations. Wow, were we impressed with the submissions! When you celebrate this upcoming season, throw holiday parties, Thanksgiving, and plan your Christmas dinner, consider pouring some of our tasty local wines.
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 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.
Top local white wine recommendations
Barton 2018 Holiday Clairette Blanche – $32
Made from grapes in the Adelaide District AVA, this wine offers aromas of chamomile, green tea and a hint of ginger. It has pear and mineral notes, with a crème brûlée on the palate. This wine is bone-dry with fresh acidity that leads to a clean, crisp finish. It is amazing with oysters and seafood. Drink now or over the next 3-5 years.
Bianchi 2018 Chardonnay – $27
Excellent value for a delightful white wine. It has scents of buttered popcorn and grilled pineapple with toasty oak spice. It was aged 10 months in French oak.
Broken Earth Winery 2018 Albarino 2018 – $24
This delightful white wine offers aromas of fresh-cut grass and tropical fruit, this Portuguese variety offers balanced botanical and acidic flavors on the palate. Pair with seafood like oysters, scallops, or pan-seared white fish.
Felten Cellars 2018 Chardonnay – $28
This chardonnay exhibits balanced tropical notes of pineapple lime and red apple, enhanced by flavors of buttered toast. It is medium-bodied, intense citrus with a crisp finish. Enjoy now at a holiday celebration or cellar for a few years.
Hope Family Wines – Austin Hope 2018 Cellar Select Chardonnay – $47
A regal chardonnay from one of this region’s premium winemakers. It is Austin’s first chardonnay under his label, very few bottles were produced, and it is only available in the tasting room. Whole cluster fermentation was used to make this special wine. It has flavors and aromas of honey, toast, light citrus, with a touch of minerality, and a crisp finish. It’s a very well-balanced wine. It will pair well with pork, salmon, yellowfin tuna, chicken, and turkey.
Hoyt Family Vineyards 2018 Viognier – $30
The grapes in this wine were handpicked from the winery’s vineyard in the desirable Willow Creek AVA in westside Paso Robles. This delightful un-oaked, 100% viognier boasts notes of grapefruit and citrus. It is light and elegant with a gentle floral nose and soft mouthfeel.
LaZarre Wines 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – $24
This delightful Santa Inez white has aromas of pear juice, white peach, and honeydew melon with a hint of grass that characterizes this varietal. It delivers tons of citrus and tree fruit flavors like Meyer lemon, grapefruit, and pear. It has an added richness from extended lees aging.
Lusso Della Terra 2018 Roussanne – $24
This 100%-stainless tank made wine has traditional Rhone-style flavors of honeysuckle and iris with subtle notes of melon. Bright flavors of tropical fruits, melon, and floral notes with balanced minerality on the finish. It won a gold medal in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition.
Midnight Cellars 2018 Grenache Blanc “Andromeda” – $34
This Rhone-style white wine offers a crisp, fresh nose with bright citrus and inviting tropical notes. On the palate, lemon zest layers among ripe Anjou pears and grapefruit frame a refreshing finish.
Opolo 2018 Viognier – $26
Grown predominantly on Opolo’s estate vineyards, this viognier expresses concentrated flavors of tropical fruit, honeysuckle, papaya and Crenshaw melon. A delightfully fleshy and unctuous mid-mouth, it leads into a vibrant green apple and guava finish. It was made to drink now.
Peachy Canyon 2018 Chardonnay – $32
This York Mountain chardonnay opens with pears, apples, almond blossoms, and orange zest dominate the nose. Flavors fill your mouth with tart lemon drops, peaches, honeysuckle, and key limes are complemented by a soft vanilla meringue backbone that leads to a lengthy finish.
Penman Springs Vineyard 2017 Muscat Blanc “Ozzie” – $15
This muscat blanc is a 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 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – $18
This delightful white has tropical aromas with notes of citrus, grapefruit and passion fruit. It finishes with bright acidity. It pairs nicely with chevre cheeses, seafood dishes and white meats. It’s a fantastic value.
San Simeon 2018 Sauvignon Blanc – $18.95
This is a bright, refreshing wine with intense flavors of citrus and pear. The nose reveals bright aromas of white peach and lime zest. Mineral notes express the rocky terroir of the vineyard. This structured and well-balanced wine shows a lengthy finish. Enjoy with grilled swordfish and basil pesto linguine.
Sculpterra 2017 Viognier – $28
This viognier highlights fruity aromas with a slight mineral edge. The ripe flavors continually show white peach, pear, cantaloupe and even honeysuckle on the nose. While the palette focuses on firm acidity and the best lingering finish imaginable. Elements of freshly sliced honeydew, savory nectarine and subtle spice delicately mingle with notes of ripe pear in this deliciously textured white wine.
Sea Shell Cellars 2018 Viognier – $24
This wine is a menagerie of enticing aromas and flavors. It bursts out of the glass with notes of succulent white peaches, orange blossom, and star jasmine. On the palate, more restrained nuances of citrus fruit and Asian pears emerge.
Seven Angels Cellars 2016 Grenache Blanc – $22
This plush wine is deep lemon in color. The aromas burst with green apple, light notes of apricot and include subtle sweet floral notes of honeysuckle. On the palate it is plump and rich, with juicy white peach, soft pineapple leading to green herbs and salty minerals, giving this wine a spice-driven finish.
Tablas Creek 2016 Esprit de Tablas Blanc – $50
A wine for a special occasion. This is a blend of three estate-grown varieties: Roussanne provides a core richness, minerality, and flavors of honey and spice, while grenache blanc adds green apple and anise flavors, a lush mouthfeel and bright acids. Picpoul blanc completes the blend, adding a saline minerality and tropical notes.
Victor Hugo 2018 Estate Viognier – $24
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 a holiday meal.
Vina Robles 2018 Chardonnay – $23
From the Mistral Vineyard in southern Monterey, where its proximity to the bay and Pacific breezes create the perfect environment for this cool climate variety. The juice was racked to both stainless steel tanks and French oak barrels for fermentation. The wine was then aged on its lees for six months to increase complexity and enrich the mouthfeel. It offers aromas and flavors of apple and caramel, with hints of lemon, and a creamy finish.
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• Best local white wines for the holidays
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• Best local dessert wines for the holidays
Publisher’s note: For the sixth 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.