Lohr Estates 2015 "Bay Mist" White Riesling
(Monterey County; $10)
Top Mendocino Varietals Whites Acres * Chardonnay 4,336 Sauvignon Blanc 786 Gewurztraminer 218 Viognier 121 Pinot Gris 116 Chenin Blanc 101 French Colombard 85 White Riesling
68 Reds Cabernet Sauvignon 2,559 Zinfandel 2,072 Pinot Noir 1,930 Merlot 1,853 Syrah 715 Petite Sirah 537 Carignane 423 Sangiovese 115 Barbera 70 Grenache 65 Cabernet Franc 60 * Varietals with over 50 acres planted.
Navarro White Riesling
2004 (Anderson Valley; $16).
When it comes to varietal purity of expression, there may be no grape more certain of its identity than White Riesling
. Yes, Muscat is more flamboyant, more obvious in its grape-to-wine continuity, but of the more subtle "noble" varieties, Riesling is the horse to bet when it comes to transmogrifying grape flavor into wine flavor with zero diminution.
Hague Late Harvest White Riesling
2001 (Columbia Valley WA), $8 for 750-ml.
Hogue 2003 Late Harvest White Riesling
($10) -- This late harvest Riesling is bursting with apricot and orange peel aromas, along with luscious apricot and spice flavors.
* Navarro Cluster Select Late-Harvest White Riesling
1994, $19.50 (Mendocino).
From its own scion material: Vitis vinifera vines only: Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet franc, Merlot, White Riesling
, Chardonnay and Gewi.
Navarro Cluster Select Late-Harvest White Riesling
1994, $19.50 half-bottle (Anderson Valley, California).
More than half of the vines planted in the new AVA are Zinfandel, with a smattering of Merlot, Cabernet, Syrah, Pinot noir, Chardonnay and white Riesling
1 pound edible-pod peas, or English (regular) peas in the pod 1 tablespoon butter or margarine (optional) 2 tablespoons regular-strength chicken broth or water 1/4 cup Johannisberg or White Riesling
, or other slightly sweet white wine Salt
Recommended white wine types: Cayuga White, Chardonnay, Pinot gris, Traminette, Vidal blanc and white Riesling
; Recommended with limitations: Chardonel, Gewurztraminer, Melody, Muscat Ottonel, Seyval and Vignoles; Worthy of further trial: Siegerrebe and Viognier; Not recommended: Aurora, Sauvignon blanc, Verdelet and Villard blanc.