GRAND PRIZE WINNER: Almaden Vineyards
A good, all-purpose white—pleasant for sipping and versatile enough to pair with a variety of foods (tasters suggested grilled fish or a bouillabaisse). It has a bright acidity without veering into oaky territory and just enough sweetness for balance.
TASTE TEST AWARD: Corbett Canyon
This wine has some of the rich underlying vanilla notes of a classic chardonnay, set off by bright notes of green apple and pear. Try it with crab cakes or pasta with shrimp.