The best thing in the world to smell in the a.m.? Banana pancakes. The best thing in the world to smell when the clock strikes 5 p.m.? This charming viognier, which smells distinctly of perfectly-ripe banana goodness. This light-hearted wine was made with select juice from Cass Winery’s estate Paso Robles vineyard, then slowly cold fermented in stainless steel. The result? All you taste is fruit—fresh, clean, and bright. Besides the first whiff of banana, you’ll discover layers of apricot, pear, and a tart kick of grapefruit, too. Just like a fruit cocktail after a sinful night of street tacos, this peppy white sipper may be the perfect antidote to the holiday season’s rich, fatty fare.
• Cass Winery’s 2014 Viognier—$24 a bottle; 7350 Linne Road, Paso Robles.
With ripe, dribble-down-your-chin flavors of blueberry and blackberry, this wine is … well … super juicy (the name says it all). Add in a dash of haughty white pepper, fragrant vanilla, and a bold attitude, and you’ve got a wine worth traveling for. Try this small-lot bad boy exclusively at the Baileyana tasting room. Because when the wine is this good, you go to it.
• Baileyana’s 2013 El Jugoso Syrah—About $10 for a tasting flight; 5828 Orcutt Road, Edna Valley.
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