Photograph by Lane Hartwell
It’s not just about the juice here, either. Sophisticated, wine-friendly fare such as duck rillettes and truffled cauliflower risotto emerges from the kitchen. Try all the reds you like—heck, try all 13 Pinot Noirs on Mitchell’s list—but don’t overlook the cool, crisp appeal of a great glass of white. Here are four we particularly liked.
2005 Trou de Bonde Santa Maria County Bien Nacido Vineyard Pinot BlancThis complex wine evokes Chardonnay, with hints of butter, vanilla, just the right touch of oak, and rounded, melon-like fruit flavors. “It’s great with roast quail,” says Mitchell.
2004 Consilience Santa Barbara County Roussanne
Toasty notes of honey, butterscotch, and ripe pear distinguish this bold, unusual varietal. The winemaker calls it “thought-provoking.”