Golden State Goodness
America’s best-known wine region contains a universe of choice. From the landmark wineries that established the state as a world-class territory for Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir, to the experimental new upstarts championing new varieties and vineyards, California continues to evolve and uphold its reputation for delicious wine for all tastes.
Let our staff guide you towards a great choice with their California wine recommendations.
If you have a negative impression of California Chardonnay then Arnot-Roberts is banish that impression to Death Valley. Their Watson Ranch Chardonnay is a thing of beauty, where vineyard, climate, and winemakers all come together harmoniously to craft a balanced wine with a sense of place. – Vince Grace, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Duncan Arnot Meyers and Nathan Lee Roberts always aim for terroir-centric wines that are pure in their nature. This El Dorado Gamay is glossy and blooming with flavors of cherry cola and bubblegum pop that’s simply pristine. – Jose Banegas, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Sonoma grown, hand farmed, and masterfully crafted, this ramato-style orange wine brings delicious notes of apricot, white pepper, and blood orange to the party. Sporting a gorgeous copper color from five days of skin contact, its dry, refreshing, and goes down oh so easy. – Marc Mousky, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Grown in the Sierra Nevada Foothills, this is a surprisingly delicious Syrah from vineyards off the beaten path. Made by two self-described refugees of the music business, the ideas and execution are simple, but the outcome is stunning. – Bambi Ray, Sales Manager
This is winemaker Adam Tolmach’s considerate, hands-off approach to Chardonnay from the chilly microclimate of Bien Nacido vineyard in Santa Maria valley. The result is a sumptuous wine with rich stone fruits prickled with an icy mineral note. – Teddy Daly, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Terre Rouge, Mourvèdre $32.96
Mourvèdre is often used to bulk up blended wine with dark fruit, tannin, and feral secondary characters. This wine is something much more polished and clean shaven. It’s as if you got Tarzan into a tux. – Sam Davies, Wine & Spirits Consultant
Two Shepherds, Cinsault $34.96
When William Allen started Two Shepherds nearly a decade ago, he decided that what the world did not need more of what California Cab. Hence this rare and wonderful cinsault made from 135-year-old ungrafted vines. You’ll find fresh red fruit, red raspberries, and cherries with darker, savory fruit on the finish. – Amy Miller, Wine & Spirits Consultant
This wine is a classic Californian style Cabernet Sauvignon with ripe black fruit flavors and a touch of oak flavors. It’s smooth and silky but at the same time is fresh on the palate. Smooth tannin on the palate. A very balanced and concentrated wine at a great value. – Andrea Fraccari, Wine & Spirits Consultant