1997 Peter Michael, Point Rouge, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) RP98
1999 Peter Michael, Point Rouge, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) RP94
2000 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K Vin de Glace, California, Half Bottle (375ml) VM94
2001 Peter Michael, Point Rouge, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) VM94+
2001 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K The Straw Man, California, Half Bottle (375ml) RP97
2002 Peter Michael, Point Rouge, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) VM95+
2003 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K The Straw Man, California [Missing Capsule], Half Bottle (375ml) RP97
2004 Peter Michael, Point Rouge, Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) RP95+/VM95+
2004 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K The Straw Man, California, Half Bottle (375ml) RP100
2005 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K The Noble Man, California, Half Bottle (375ml) RP98
2006 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K The Noble Man, California, Half Bottle (375ml) RP95
2006 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Mr K The Straw Man, California, Half Bottle (375ml) RP97
2008 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Jinete Bajo, California, Half Bottle (375ml) [Roussanne] 2008 375mL RP96
2012 Sine Qua Non, SQN, Shackled, California, Half Bottle (375ml)
2013 Sine Qua Non, Resiste, California RP97
2018 Screaming Eagle, Sauvignon Blanc, Oakville, Bottle (750ml)
2018 Screaming Eagle, Sauvignon Blanc, Oakville, Case of 3 Btls
2019 Aubert, Larry Hyde & Sons Chardonnay, Los Carneros, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2019 Aubert, Park Avenue Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2019 Aubert, Powder House Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2019 Aubert, UV-SL Vineyards Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750ml) JS97/WS96
2019 Screaming Eagle, Sauvignon Blanc, Oakville, Case of 3 Btls
2020 Aubert, Chardonnay Lauren, Sonoma Coast, Bottle (750ml) LP100
2020 Kongsgaard, The Judge Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) AG96
2020 Kongsgaard, The Judge Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Magnum (1.5L) AG96
2020 Screaming Eagle, Sauvignon Blanc, Oakville, Case of 3 Btls
2021 Aubert, CIX Estate Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2021 Aubert, Powder House Chardonnay, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JS97
2021 Aubert, Sugar Shack, Sonoma County, Bottle (750ml) JS98
2021 Kongsgaard, The Judge Chardonnay, Napa Valley, Bottle (750ml) AG100

California Whites: The Perfect Summertime Treat

Summer is upon us, and the warm weather and refreshing seasonal delights make this the perfect time to explore the vibrant and indulgent world of California's white wines. These captivating wines are a testament to the state's diverse terroir and the artistry of its winemakers, offering a wide range of styles and expressions that are sure to delight any palate.

From the crisp, mineral-driven Chardonnays of the fog-kissed Sonoma Coast to the rich, full-bodied expressions of sun-drenched Napa Valley, each region contributes its own unique character. Through meticulous site selection, high standards, and refined techniques, the finest California winemakers are capable of crafting wines of remarkable depth and longevity, showcasing the incredible potential of California's most revered terroirs.

The evolution of California white wines, from the pioneering efforts of early growers to the ongoing innovation and experimentation of today's producers, has given rise to an array of indulgent styles that perfectly complement the warm season and refreshing meals. Whether enjoyed on their own or paired with your favorite summer dishes, these wines are the ideal choice for elevating any summer gathering or culinary experience.

California White Wine History

The history of white wines in California can be traced back to the early European settlers who recognized the untapped potential of the state's diverse landscape. However, it was the momentous 1976 Judgment of Paris that truly propelled California onto the global wine stage. In this landmark blind tasting, a Chardonnay from Chateau Montelena and a Cabernet Sauvignon from Stag's Leap Wine Cellars triumphed over their highly regarded French counterparts from Burgundy and Bordeaux, respectively.

The results of this wine competition sent shockwaves through the wine world, as it conclusively demonstrated the exceptional quality and immense potential of California's wines. This unexpected outcome not only bolstered the reputation of California's white wines but also signaled a turning point for the state's wine industry as a whole. The Judgment of Paris ignited a surge of interest and investment in California's wineries, setting the stage for the remarkable growth and success that followed in the decades to come.

California White Wine: Modern Influences

Since the monumental Judgment of Paris, California's white wine production has undergone a remarkable evolution and refinement, with Chardonnay plantings leading the charge. Robert Mondavi, a visionary in the wine industry, revolutionized the scene with his introduction of Fumé Blanc, a clever nod to the Loire Valley's Pouilly-Fumé, renowned for its smoky and savory Sauvignon Blancs. This savvy marketing move proved to be a game-changer, carving out a distinct niche for the grape variety and sparking a surge of interest and plantings throughout California.

The influence of wine critic Robert Parker cannot be overstated in the rise of California's white wines. His high ratings for Chardonnays from producers like Marcassin and Peter Michael helped to cement their status as cult wines and drove demand for premium California whites. Similarly, the enigmatic producer Sine Qua Non has gained a devoted following for their limited-production white wines, which showcase the potential for innovation and creativity in California winemaking.

The Everlasting Allure of California White Wines

California's idyllic Mediterranean climate creates the perfect conditions for crafting white wines with beautiful complexity and depth. From the iconic Chardonnays of Sonoma and Napa to the vibrant Rhône blends of the Central Coast, these wines offer a delightful and refreshing experience that captivates the senses. As California continues to refine its craft and explore new possibilities in regionality and grape varieties, wine enthusiasts can look forward to a thrilling and adventurous future filled with even more exceptional white wines from this remarkable region.

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