Winter whites are ready to refresh, even when the forecast calls for snow.
The 2007 Rodney Strong Reserve Chardonnay ($40) arrives from the Russian River Valley full-bodied, creamy, sparked by pear and lemon. There's more than a hint of oak in this rich white.
Citrus and lemon notes accent the 2007 Girard Russian River Valley Chardonnay ($23), a bright and versatile wine that comes across with fine acidity, clean and crisp. And the Russian River Valley is the source for the aromatic, inviting 2008 J Vineyards Pinot Gris ($16), which has suggestions of tropical fruit and melon.
Ripe citrus and floral notes contribute to the very appealing 2008 V. Sattui Anderson Valley White Riesling ($24), where mineral and pear add to the appeal. Try it with ham, roast pork, even sushi.
Napa Valley contributes the fruity, fragrant, balanced 2008 Trefethen Family Vineyards Dry Riesling ($22). Sample this immediately pleasing wine with spicy dishes, especially when shellfish is the star.
The 2007 Trefethen Family Vineyards Napa Valley Estate Chardonnay ($30) offers an herbaceous accent that works with its lemon, pear and vanilla qualities. It goes with risotto, cream-sauced pasta, scallops and shrimp dishes.