I love Rhone style white wines, which can be hard to find in the US. It was surprising this style in Lodi, California where Acquiesce Winery creates these in small batches. Their 10.5 acre farm grows only Rhone style varietals with vines sourced from Chateau do Beaucastel of Chateauneuf du Pape, France. Lodi’s sandy soils and Mediterranean climate is perfect for these vines. Grapes are hand picked, hand sorted, and whole cluster pressed.
My two favorites, although that varies from day to day, are Picpoul Blanc and Bourboulenc. Both are easy to drink by the pool yet stand up to most foods.