Whether you’re hosting an elegant dinner for friends or whipping up a gourmet meal for one, celebrate and make a toast to California vineyards by including these top wines from Napa and Sonoma Valley to your menu. 

Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard Reserve 1999

Napa valley

Dark, rich and polished with assertive notes of oak, coffee, cigar ash, and cassis, plus a velvety core of concentrated black cherry, plum, and blackcurrants, the Robert Mondavi Cabernet Sauvignon To Kalon Vineyard Reserve 1999 is an elegant and sophisticated wine with lots of character. Flavors are ripe and sweet, with an intense finish.

Chenin Blanc, Chappellet 2014

Napa Valley

A perfect choice for Chardonnay lovers, Chenin Blanc, Chappellet 2014 is a bright mix of apricot and vanilla with lovely layers of resplendent citrus blossoms, honeydew, melon, and pineapple. Spiced with nutmeg, tea, and white pepper, the medium bodied wine is lively and complex.

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2010

Napa Valley

Heitz Cellar Cabernet Sauvignon 2010 is an exuberant libation that combines the freshness of hand-picked blackberries with the richness of cocoa. The cascading aromatics of ripe raspberries and blueberries linger on the palate, creating an alluringly sweet finish and with that hint of cocoa –it’s almost like chocolate melting on your tongue but with an acidity that weaves through the notes.

Late Disgorged Vintage Brut Russian River Valley 2006

Sonoma Valley

Sparkling wines are a must for special occasions. Celebrate with a Late Disgorged Vintage Brut Russian River Valley 2006 and its vibrant notes of toasted hazelnut, almond blossom, Meyer Lemon, raspberry, brioche and baked pear, balanced with creamy hints of pie crust flavors infused with orange peel for that refreshing finish.

Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014

Sonoma Valley

A generously spiced wine, the Russian River Valley Pinot Noir 2014 is dense with cinnamon, dark cherry, and caramel aromas, dusted with nutmeg, clove, and white pepper. The rich red wine then opens up to a burst of refreshing citrus, red fruits, vanilla and Oolong tea.

Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

Napa Valley

Last, but certainly not least, is a favorite among local wine enthusiasts. An exciting mix of raspberries, blackberries, white tea, and caramel give a light, velvety and smooth entry to the Scarecrow Cabernet Sauvignon 2013. The flavor then intensifies as the fruity notes get rolled in licorice, dark cocoa, cedar, and graphite, giving it more structure. The full-bodied wine exudes power yet swirls in the palate with graceful elegance. 

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Source: Forbes.com and Sonomamag.com