Chardonnay is the most common white grape grown in Napa Valley, and the second most common grape after Cabernet Sauvignon. The majority of Chardonnay from Napa is full and rich, with creamy tropical flavours. Love this style? Look for something from the warmer areas, such as Oakville or Rutherford.
However, Napa can also produce stunningly fresh and citrus flavoured Chardonnay too! Light and acidic, these wines come from areas which are cooled by morning fogs or high altitude. More you? Look for wines from Mount Veeder or the San Pablo Bay.
Very influenced by the climate it is grown in, Chardonnay can vary wildly in flavours. Napa Valley Chardonnay is usually oaked, full bodied and creamy.
They go perfectly with creamy fish dishes or a rich mushroom risotto!
- Sauvignon Blanc
Sometimes known in the US as Fume Blanc, it goes very well with herby dishes and soft cheeses. There is always a green note to Sauvignon Blanc, but the warm climate in Napa adds to its own character!
There are not so many wines made from just Semillon, as it is usually blended with Sauvignon Blanc. In Napa, they will often have a little oak aging, adding spice and cream.
Full bodied and ripe tropical fruit.