In our house, white wines do not get the praise and admiration of red wines. Consequently, the list that follows is drawn from a shallower pool (i.e., compared to our reds) but is nevertheless up to date. Hope it provides some insight or helps your own selection of white wines!
- Santa Margherita, Pinot Grigio, 2012. Hard to argue with this one. It’s a sure crowd pleaser with no holes in its game.
- Buena Vista 2009 Ramal Vineyard Chardonnay Musque Clone. The winemakers at Buena Vista make some fantastic whites too, and their Chardonnays offer subtle fragrances and fruits in intoxicating combinations.
- Chateau St. Michelle, 2010 Riesling. I often say a great wine is about context, and an anniversary celebration with your loved one always makes for a great tasting…this most recent better than our first.
- Domaine Pierre de la Grange Muscadet 2011. Another great memory, and exposure to a great white that we would not necessarily have picked ourselves. Great staying power and citrus body generated from the minerals in the Loire Valley.
- Bodegas Avanthia Godello, Galicia, 2011. I usually prefer occasions with friends and family for a ‘best of’ list, but this white earned a place here among my favorites over a recent work dinner.
The Wente Vineyards Morning Fog 2011 Chardonnay I sampled at the vineyard with dear friends, and it had such staying power that I had to bring bottles back across the country in my carry-on luggage to make sure my family had a chance to sample firsthand–it deserves honorable mention. Fighting for recognition is that delicious 2012 Lafage Cote Est Catalan. Honorable mention too goes to a Twisted River Riesling that I haven’t had in years but still one to which I compare all other Rieslings. But a “Top Five” list isn’t about functionality–it’s about superlatives and you should be guided accordingly.
Last updated 6/30/2015.