Calera is best known for its compelling Pinot Noirs, but the limestone soils of the Gavilan Mountains east of Monterey Bay work their magic on Viognier too. That's the genius of the site founder Josh Jensen chose for Calera Wine. This Viognier comes from the Mt. Harlan vineyard, first planted with the grape in 1983 and farmed organically.
The bouquet of jasmine and ripe stone fruit draws you in right away. Then comes that lush texture and the tastes of honey, pear and tropical fruit. It's got a stony minerality and a lively acidity too, which make this Central Coast Viognier an ideal match for Asian food and other richly spiced cuisines.
Region: California's Central Coast
Price: $27 to $32
Style: Elegant and aromatic
What it goes with: Asian and Indian food, roast game hens, seared scallops
Where to find it: K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; L.A. Wine Co. in Marina del Rey, (310) 306-9463, http://www.lawineco.com; the Wine Club in Santa Ana, (714) 835-6485, http://www.thewineclub.com; and the Wine Connection in San Diego, (877) 667-9463, http://www.thewineconnection.com. Also from Calera Wine Co. in Hollister, Calif., (831) 637-9170, http://www.calerawine.com.