There’s nothing better than celebrating summer on the beach with your buddies. Crisp whites pair best with the surf, and our line-up includes pinot grigio, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. It’s a good idea to have some of these bottlings on hand so you can give in to that irresistible urge to head to the beach with something delicious to sip. Surfs up, friend.
Swanson Vineyards, 2016 San Benito Pinot Grigio, 13.4%, $21. An impressive pinot grigio with a range of flavors – pear, lemon zest and jasmine. What makes it a standout is its bright acidity and great balance. Lovely.
Chalone Vineyard, 2014 Chalone Chardonnay, 14.5%, $30. A pretty chardonnay with just the right oak treatment – light. Notes of apricot, nectarine and mineral. Crisp acidity. Balanced. Tasty.
Balletto, 2014 Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 13.3%, $28. This is an impressive chardonnay that’s well crafted. It has a creamy texture, buoyed by bright acidity. Impeccable balance. Lingering finish. Smart.
Quivira Vineyard, 2016 Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma County Sauvignon Blanc, $17. A dry sauvignon blanc with zesty fruit. Notes of peach, grass and a hint of vanilla. Generous fruit. Bright acid. Pretty.
Raeburn, 2015, Russian River Valley Chardonnay, 14%, $17. A layered chardonnay with pretty flavors of nectarine, toast and pear. Rich note of crème brulee. Nice length.