Napa's Unsung Whites
Beyond Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc, good bottlings tend to be individual efforts. While a winery might focus on a particular grape, success doesn’t generally translate to the valley as a whole.
That doesn’t mean these wines aren’t worth seeking out. All of the following are worth trying—they may even become personal favorites.
Albariño: Abrente, Artesa, Hendry
Chenin Blanc: Ballentine, Chappellet
Gewürztraminer: Stony Hill
Grüner Veltliner: Von Strasser
Malvasia Bianca: Ballentine
Rhône-style blends: Krupp Brothers
Riesling: Smith-Madrone, Stony Hill, Trefethen, V. Sattui
Viognier: Darioush, Freemark Abbey
Other blends: Massican, Matthiasson, Robert Sinskey
The Sweeter Side of Napa
With its warm, lingering autumns, Napa can produce extraordinary sweet wines. Here are three favorites.
Beringer Nightingale (Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc)
Far Niente Dolce (Sémillon-Sauvignon Blanc)
Joseph Phelps Eisrébe (Scheurebe)