Aequorea Viogner Spanish Springs Vineyard, San Luis Obispo County 2014
What's not to love about this wine?
Pretty floral aromatics? Check.
Zippy acidity with a full texture and notes of pineapple, honey, and stone fruit? Check, check, check.
OK, so what more can I tell you about this wine? The salinity and bright aromatics jump out of the glass and transport me to the coast.
Castellare di Castellina Chianti Classico 2014
When I go for Northern Italian wines that pair well, from pasta to pork chops, I like the bright Sangiovese tones of Chianti Classico. This 2014 model from Castellare di Castellina brings customary violet with a slight leather nose.
Its bright fruit is balanced with a dry tannic structure, friendly acidity, and a hint of aniseed. Open my current favorite, and tell me what you think on a Sunday at the upstairs bar.
Clos Saron Old Block Pinot Noir, Sierra Foothills 2012
Clos Saron is hands-down one of the best wineries in California, and winemaker Gideon is a genius with Pinot Noir.
His Old Block really speaks to his terroir-driven, French-inspired style with its gorgeous earthy tones and smooth red fruit.