Frei's 2009 Chardonnay touches your nose with hints of rose water, jasmine and other floral delights. But on the palette, it is swimming with honey and sweet butter and just enough acidity to make it all work.
Hahn SLH Estate's 2010 Chef's Table Viognier is one of the most interesting whites you'll ever smell. It's completely intoxicating with notes of white peach, banana, honeydew and jasmine. Only 100 cases were made, so get this one quickly!
Wrath's 2010 Ex Anima Chardonnay is billowing with so much tropical fruit that you half expect Kokomo to start playing on the jukebox the second you uncork it. I swear this wine was a Piña Colada in its past life.
This eco-wine is thick with berries and molasses on the nose but the follow through is not your usual California cab. And for every acre of planted vineyard, Frei Brothers sets aside one acre to be preserved as natural wildlife habitat.
This wine is brimming with bright fruit, dark undertones and those farmyard aromas common to most Pinots. With notes of pepper, strawberry and dried mint on the palette, this wine is as food-friendly as it is drinkable.
The nose is dancing with floral highlights and warm peach aromas that you half expect it to be a dessert wine. But it's surprisingly elegant for a wine just under $10. The winery is 100-percent solar-powered, as is its sister winery, Jacuzzi.
Here's the manifesto by the Spanish wine industry to fight climate change by making wineries more eco-friendly. Vines are very sensitive to climate change and so their environment, landscape, culture and tradition need protecting.
UNTI 2007 Syrah Benchland is dark, somewhat brooding like a radio-friendly Cure song. Within your glass you'll find flavors of grilled plum, anise and cocoa. The wine is unfined which means it is vegan.
This eco-wine is bursting with red fruit aromas and vanilla. And it's minty finish is subtle yet clean so you won't mind a second glass. Which isn't a bad thing as this Pinot comes in under the $15 mark. And the winery is 100-percent solar-powered.
You never know where inspiration for a dish will come from. So I walked the aisles of my local organic grocer looking for vegetables with the palest hues, and found a palette of veggies that simply made me swoon. Pair it with an off-dry Riesling.