Central coast bright whites

Tablas Creek, Paso Robles, Esprit de Beaucastel Blanc 2005 There are stones and flowers to smell and a big body for this dry, warm wine. This white Rhone-style blend is composed of 70% Roussanne, 25% Grenache Blanc and 5% Picpoul Blanc. GP&B in Paso Robles 14.5% $19.99 at Traverso’s Tablas Creek

Kenneth Volk, Santa Maria Valley, Sierra Madre Vineyards, Chardonnay 2006 Rich and toasty with viscosity. Barrel fermented and aged sur lie. P&B in Santa Maria 14.6% $24 at the winery Volk

Rancho Sisquoc, Santa Barbara County, Riesling 2006 Petrol, minerals and lime along with plenty of acidity and a little RS for roundness. GP&B out on Foxen Canyon Road in Santa Maria 11.8% $9.99 at Traverso’s Rancho Sisquoc

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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