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The Best Wines to Order Online for Fall 2023: Rose, Chardonnay

The Best Wines to Order Online for Fall 2023: Rose, Chardonnay

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“Rosé All Day” is the quintessential summer mantra — and given that June 8 was National Rosé Day, now’s an opportune time to indulge in some of the best rosés.

Any wine aficionado appreciates the savory balance of tropical fruits coupled with bright citrus and just the right amount of minerality. Even more so when consumed alongside a bevy of gastronomic delicacies such as oysters or a truffle salami-drenched charcuterie board.

The best online wine clubs let you order your favorite best-sellers or try new bottles from rising wineries (assuming you’re 21 and up). Among them are Wine.com, the Wall Street Journal‘s WSJWine (get 12 bottles and two stemless glasses for $70), Bright Cellars (your first six bottles are only $55) and Wine Access (offerings include wine selections from Michelin-starred restaurants). Brick-and-mortar retailers and on-demand delivery services such as Total Wine and GoPuff (which delivers from BevMo) will also bring bottles (or boxes) of vino straight to your door — allowing you to focus on crafting that cheese board or prepping for guests.

Fortunately, some of the world’s most desirable wine destinations — Napa, Santa Ynez and Santa Maria Valleys are in California where coveted vintages co-mingle with sybaritic hotels evoking a sense of place and award-winning chef-lead restaurants. Keep reading for some of the best wines and chic wine accessories you can order online, plus the best wineries and tasting rooms to visit the next time you decide to pick up these bottles IRL.

The Best Wines and Wine Accessories to Order Online

The battle over Chateau Miraval between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie continues to make headlines (the former couple previously bought the winery together). Meanwhile, this classic expression of Provencal-style rosé remains a crowd pleaser with subtle notes of raspberry and citrus and a refreshingly dry, mineral finish. 

With a nod to the revered Rosés of Provence, this elegant wine offers exceptional value and is bright, balanced and easy-going with fresh acidity.

From the estate of Sacha Lichine, the visionary behind the globally revered Whispering Angel, the Pale features grapes sourced from vineyards within proximity of the Mediterranean Coast. Offered at a very reasonable, entry level price, let this expressive, dry and fruity rosé transport you to seaside bliss on the French Riviera. 

Hampton Water
Hampton Water

A collaboration between Jon Bon Jovi, Jesse Bongiovi, Ali Thomas, and acclaimed French winemaker Gérard Bertrand, Hampton Water is a blend of Grenache, Cinsault and Mourvèdre with strawberry and melon notes. Celebrating the joie de vivre of both the South of France and the Hamptons, expect a dry, mineral finish.

Thanks to the estate’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean and a cool growing season, this expressive chardonnay from Flowers Vineyards & Winery is brimming with cool coastal influence. Intermingled flavors of pear, citrus, and layers of stone fruit, vanilla and herbs, along with vibrant minerality offer a delicious mouthfeel and decadent finish.

If you’re going to splurge on a delicious bottle of vino, you might as well make it last with Coravin’s best-selling wine preservation system. One of Oprah’s Favorite Things in 2022, Coravin’s wine aerator uses argon gas capsules to keep your wine fresh for weeks.

Brümate Togosa Wine Chiller
Brümate

Keep your wine cold for 48 hours or more with Brümate’s leak-proof Togosa chiller and pitcher, which features a built-in strainer and fits most bottles.

Total Wine

From the beloved Sagaponack-based winery in Southampton with a cult-worthy following, lively floral notes dance with peach, tangerine, citrus and a saline acidity in Wölffer Estate’s soft mouthfeel blend. It also happens to be housed in one of the prettiest, statement-making bottles.

Yes, you read the name right — so what? So Gay Rosé’s zero sugar rosé has a light and crisp notes of citrus and floral balanced with tart grapefruit and berries.

Daou 2022 Discovery Rosé
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Made from Grenache grapes, Daou’s delicate and juicy rosé, made in the classic Provençale style, has aromas of peach, apricot, watermelon, and nectarine accompanied by essences of strawberry and cherry.

Williams Sonoma

Who says wine storage can’t be stylish? This trio of sculptural marble wine stoppers from Williams Sonoma is sure to impress your guests.

Sangiacomo

This utterly silky vintage is from the legendary Sangiacomo family who have been farming in Sonoma County since 1927. Their prized grapes come from vineyards that are 100 percent certified sustainable. Bountiful aromas of strawberry, raspberry and Meyer lemon dance on the palate. A classically dry yet generous wine.

Carter Estate Winery

For those who appreciate a balance of fruit and oak, this chardonnay from the bustling Temecula Valley wine region was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels and offers vanilla and toasted nut characteristics along with aromatic notes of luscious tropical fruits and apple.

Newness in Napa Valley

Courtesy of Auberge Resort Collection

Revered for some of the most desired vintages outside of France, this beloved wine region, just an hour north of San Francisco, oozes casual luxury. Whether strolling the impossibly quaint town of St. Helena, tasting at one of the over 400 wineries or dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, a Napa Valley getaway always mesmerizes — even if you’re not an oenophile

Though the region has recently welcomed many new luxury hotels, it’s the classically elegant Auberge du Soleil (from $1,675 per night; more booking options at Expedia.com) that remains the epitome of European sophistication since it first opened in 1985. Perched on the slopes of Rutherford Hill, blink and you’ll swear you’re in Provence, especially while lounging by the tiered, flora and fauna-dotted pool with one of their Fumée Florale cocktails in hand while drinking in the vast vineyard and mountain views.

It’s the enchanting views that permeate every inch of this hillside haven. And, nowhere more so than at the “Main House” — home to Michelin-starred The Restaurant and The Bar, both of which have just unveiled a striking redesign putting natural light and those aforementioned views center stage. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling, steel-framed windows instantly treat visitors to the sun-drenched vistas the moment they step into the foyer. Even if you’re not staying on property, breakfast, dinner or cocktails on the terrace are a prerequisite for any Napa itinerary.

Memorable culinary experiences abound whether you engage in one of chef Robert Curry’s Mediterranean-inspired tasting menus at The Restaurant or indulge in more casual fare at The Bar with a platter of oysters, fries and an opulent glass of wine suggested by French-trained sommelier and assistant wine director, Myles Trapp.

The Bar is also where the property’s redesign offers the most enticing change — bathed in natural light, a masterful repositioning has opened up the entire interior space. Now facing out toward the outdoor terrace, you may sip bubbles or rosé while relishing those celebrated views. A nine-foot iron spiral chandelier serves at the centerpiece amidst a Cielo quartzite bar top with soothing shades of blue and green adjacent to floating, back-lit glass shelves. The Bar is an idyllic spot to while away an afternoon or evening of thoroughly majestic dining and imbibing.

The Best Napa Valley White and Rosé Wines

Establishing his eponymous winery in Napa in 1966, Robert Mondavi pioneered winemaking in Napa Valley and paved the way for the area to become one of the world’s leading winemaking regions. The 2018 Napa Valley chardonnay is richly textured with aromas of red apple, pear, lemon and marzipan. Mondavi continues to evolve and flourish with the opening of Arch & Tower (930 3rd St.), their new tasting room, housed in the historic Borreo Building in downtown Napa Valley where immersive wine and culinary experiences are plentiful.

Founded by Tom Burgess in the 1970s, Burgess Cellars was sold to The Lawrence family, owners of Heitz Cellar, in 2020. With new ceo and master sommelier Carlton McCoy at the helm, Burgess continues to blaze a new path with a contemporary brand identity that pays homage to its heritage, including a dazzling new hospitality space on the Silverado Trail in the Oak Knoll District. Complete with an abundance of indoor and outdoor garden spaces designed for relishing their sophisticated wines, this historic estate immerses visitors in a warm, refined ambiance (the hidden speakeasy-inspired private tasting room is something to behold).

Crafted by winemaker Meghan Zobeck, their 100 percent sauvignon blanc with bright acidity offers notes of lemongrass and grapefruit and is a delight to savor while lounging on the expansive veranda with views of the surrounding vineyard where regenerative farming takes center stage.

Ashes & Diamonds

With a striking midcentury modern Palm Springs aesthetic, Ashes & Diamonds reigns as the hippest winery in Napa. Not to be missed are their wine and cheese or food experiences prepared by their in-house chefs. From former music industry advertising executive Kashy Khaledi, son of Darioush Khaledi (owner of Darioush Winery), expect classic, single vineyard wines. This lovely rosé is made of cabernet franc from local vineyards with notes of lime, Meyer lemon and heaps of mineral expression.

Realm Cellars 2022 Fidelio Sauvignon Blanc
Realm Cellars

The only white wine in Realm’s portfolio, the Fidelio sauvignon blanc is referred to as “a white wine for red wine lovers.” Thanks to cool-climate grapes and aging in three separate vessels (neutral oak, concrete eggs and terracotta amphoras), this impressive sauvignon blanc is beautifully structured with medium body acidity, tropical fruits, and a silky mouthfeel — a wine certain to make any gathering even more memorable.

Mattei’s Tavern in Los Olivos, California.

Courtesy of Auberge Resorts Collection

Thanks to a growing list of Michelin-recognized restaurants, the highly anticipated opening of the first sprawling luxury resort, The Inn at Mattei’s Tavern, Auberge Resorts Collection (from $950 per night, more booking options at Expedia and Hotels.com) and critically acclaimed wines, Santa Ynez Valley is searing. Just a two-hour drive north of Los Angeles, the region also offers plenty of outdoor pursuits including horseback riding, camping, and hiking trails alongside craft breweries, and family-friendly wineries.

Another new and meaningful highlight is the community-driven Three Dreamers Farmstand selling locally grown fruits, vegetables, and indigenous goods by local artisans where a portion of the proceeds benefit Martha’s Farm Animal Sanctuary — a serene private refuge founded and lovingly operated by acclaimed television casting director Nikki Valko Patterson and husband John Patterson, providing a deeply caring, expansive home to dozens of neglected farm animals.

Fess Parker Wine Country Inn.

Courtesy of Fess Parker Wine Country Inn

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Discover two big bonuses just steps away — the fresh debut of Giorgio’s at The Lot is a two-minute stroll down the main road. Serving up salads, pizzas and sandwiches, visitors may enjoy chef Giorgio Curti’s light Italian fare, this being his second location in Santa Ynez, amidst a rustic and lively outdoor setting. And, further up from Giorgio’s, the Gleason Family Vineyards has unveiled an alluring new expansion of their circa 1900s Refugio Ranch tasting room including outdoor spaces for entertaining, a farm stand featuring organic goodies from their farm and an indoor marketplace with coffee, olive oils and bath and body products, many of which come from local artisans.

The Best Santa Ynez Valley White and Rosé Wines to Try

Total Wine

Doug Margerum has always been at the forefront of spectacular wine and food. From launching Santa Barbara’s Wine Cask restaurant in 1981 and establishing it as the region’s epicenter of culinary mastery while helping build global awareness for Central Coast winemakers, to the 2001 debut of Margerum Wine Company and a downtown Santa Barbara tasting room perched in the Funk Zone.

This renowned sybarite’s latest venture is a second tasting room in Los Olivos where you can enjoy his appropriately branded Sybarite sauvignon blanc alongside oysters and/or a bento box with such delicacies as Buri sashimi yellowtail with yuzu kosho and Dungeness crab baked with vanilla bean sauce in what is one of the most exceptional wine pairing offerings in Santa Ynez Valley. Layered with characteristics of melon, slate, grapefruit, and pineapple with notes of lemongrass, this lush wine is a classic Loire-style sauvignon blanc certain to beguile any oenophile.

With a new tasting room in Solvang and continual praise for his lush yet straightforward wines, James Sparks, who is also the winemaker for Liquid Farm, has much to celebrate. A highly versatile yet lesser-known wine that ages beautifully, his formidable sémillon (with grapes sourced from Star Lane Vineyard), is zippy with notes of lemon and herbs and distinct minerality. A delight anytime, anywhere.

Donnachadh Vineyard

Ernst Storm, who is best known for his extoled Storm Wines, is making noise as the resident winemaker at Donnachadh (pronounced donna-kuh). Organically farmed and family-owned by Drew and Laurie Duncan, Donnachadh Vineyard is perched in the Santa Rita Hills where they grow pinot noir, chardonnay, syrah and gamay noir. This beautifully structured rosé from 100 percent cool-climate syrah bursts with intense flavors of watermelon and strawberry along with hints of citrus and a dash of sea salt.

Waylan Wine Co.

Part of the Saarloos + Sons family of farmers and winemakers now four generations in the making, Waylan Wine Co. was conceived by Brad and Greg Saarloos. Wine making is a true family affair here and includes the brothers’ incomparable cousin Zach, who lights up their aesthetically hip Los Olivos tasting room with his lively and gracious personality. This crisp chenin blanc exhibits a smooth texture with lemon-lime and stone fruit characteristics and a satisfyingly savory finish.

Carucci

Self-taught winemaker Eric Carucci crafts highly approachable, mainly single-varietal wines and pours them at his charming tasting room in Los Olivos. Acquired from cool-climate biodynamic, organic and sustainable vineyards in the Central Coast, Carucci’s bright 50/50 Mourvedre and Grenache rosé opens with strawberries and rose petals and is layered with hints of luscious tropical fruit and citrus. This is a pale pink pleaser with plenty of gravitas.

Four Brothers

This boutique, family-owned wine company is from, you guessed it, four brothers. They also have a prime perch for their Los Olivos tasting room, including one of the most charming and spacious outdoor spaces for lounging and imbibing. Thanks to a beautifully soft texture, light minerality and notes of watermelon, strawberry and hints of cotton candy, this impeccably juicy rosé of Grenache is certain to illicit a high dose of “oohs and aahs.”

Burgeoning Santa Maria Valley

Bien Nacido Estate.

Courtesy of Bien Nacido Estate

Straddling the northern perimeter of Santa Barbara County and about 20 minutes north of Santa Ynez is Santa Maria Valley, another renowned AVA (American Viticultural Area). It’s also home to one of the most prolific vineyards in the world, Bien Nacido Estate (3503 Rancho Tepusquet Rd.) They not only produce award-winning Burgundian and Rhone wines and recently opened The Gatehouse — their new tasting room, many eminent wine makers purchase Bien Nacido’s prized grapes. 

Wine Stone Inn.

Courtesy of Wine Stone Inn

When visiting Santa Maria Valley, head straight to Old Town Orcutt. A historic town that was once an epicenter for trade and shipping, this burgeoning hub is brimming with an approachable hometown vibe along with an increasing number of breweries, tasting rooms, bakeries, mom and pop boutiques, and restaurants. There’s even a 12-room boutique hotel, Wine Stone Inn (255 W. Clark Ave., from $269 per night; more booking options at Expedia.com and Hotels.com) with modern guestrooms and a buzzing scene at the lobby bar. Pizzeria Bello Forno (119 E. Clark Ave.) is also a quick stroll away where you can choose from an abundance of knockout pizzas, including pear and prosciutto, cooked up in their authentic wood fired oven. Not to be missed is traditional Santa Maria-style BBQ and you’ll discover some of the best at Far Western Tavern (300 E. Clark Ave.)

Santa Maria Valley White and Rosé Wines

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With one of the most peaceful, tree-cloaked wine tasting settings in Santa Maria Valley, Riverbench (located on the famed Foxen Canyon Wine Trail) showcases the purity of the Chardonnay grape in all its versatile glory with this no oak, stainless steel fermented gem. Crisp with notes of pear, white melon and a touch of cream, this harmonious chard never fails to captivate.

Not only does Bien Nacido, which is owned by the Miller family, produce their own robust collection of cherished estate wines, they also supply their coveted grapes to many other leading wineries including Au Bon Climat and Qupé. Located in a highly desirable, cool-climate region of Santa Maria AVA, Bien Nacido remains one of the most prolific and influential vineyards in the wine industry. Along with the original 1857 adobe that adorns the property, Bien Nacido is now officially open to the public with the debut of the aforementioned The Gatehouse. This is where visitors may now relish their vast collection of illustrious wines including this chardonnay that offers notes of lemon, fresh fruit and chamomile with beautiful richness and mineral character.

Presqu’ile

Rolling hills and vast vineyard views are the backdrop for the exceptionally sleek modern structure that is the Presqu’ile (press-keel) hospitality space, complete with a hilltop setting, cut stone walls and vaulted ceilings. Many wineries offer food and wine experiences, but Presqui’le’s is one of the most notable thanks to resident chef Julie Simon’s culinary prowess. Their mezze platter of five to six dishes (with many ingredients sourced from the on-site organic farm) is a spectacle. Inspired by the flavors and abundance of each season, it pairs perfectly with their elegant, cool-climate wines, including this vivacious, 100 percent estate fruit sauv blanc bursting with citrus fruit, green herbs, lime zest and mineral zing.

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