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.
Birichino Grenache Besson Vineyard 2014
I really love this old vine California Grenache with an Old World panache. It is light-bodied and bright, but delivers impressive elegance and balance. Huckleberry, wild strawberry, and cherry cordial mingle with subtle tannins and hints of spice. Delicious.
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.