Best White Wines of the 2023 San Francisco International Wine Competition

by The Tasting Alliance Team  |  01.04.2024

Discover excellence in a glass with the best white wines showcased at the 2023 San Francisco International Wine Competition. From crisp Sauvignon Blanc to elegant Chardonnay, these wines represent the pinnacle of quality for white wine.

Best Pinot Gris: Brancott Estate Flight Pinot Gris 2022

Lovely flavors of Nashi pear and apple combine on the palate to create fullness with crisp acidity to create balance.

Best Sauvignon Blanc: Winemakers Selection 2022 SAUVIGNON BLANC

A straw-green hue characterizes this vibrant creation. Its aromatic and flavor profile unfolds with tart kiwi, gooseberry, and hints of lime zest, entwined with the subtleties of blistered green bell pepper. This medium-bodied delight concludes with a lingering, balanced finish highlighting notes of kiwi, gooseberry, grapefruit zest, and a refreshing touch of cucumber. This New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc presents a solid yet approachable option, ideal for everyday enjoyment. Perfect for large gatherings or basking in the warmth of outdoor occasions, it promises to elevate any moment with its inviting character.

Best Italian White Varietal: Bajka Wine Company 2022 Fiano

Bajka Wine Company was founded with curiosity and experimentation. The brand wanted to do this wine thing a little differently. Paso Robles and the Central Coast is a breeding ground for innovation and they wanted to be a part of that movement.

Best Spanish White Varietal: Helwig Winery 2022 Albariño

This versatile white hailing from the Iberian region goes great with vegetables, seafood, and lighter meats. Its rich stone fruit flavors, zippy acidity, and a hint of salinity make this a great summer wine paired with a fresh meal or just to sip poolside.

Best White Rhone Varietal: Wedding Oak Winery 2022 Roussanne

This vintage offers a symphony of floral aromas, complemented by vibrant stone fruit flavors and a touch of honey.

Best Chardonnay: Vasse Felix 2021 Chardonnay

A selection of the most unique and striking vineyard plots, recognized for its innovative winemaking, al dente ripenes, and distinguishing ‘Heytesbury’ character. Pale straw with a green and golden tinge. Savory, citrus, and stone support the elegant, flinty note of the classic Heytesbury perfume. Delicate hints of coastal herb and green tea sit with a little soft cheese and candle wax. The pure, fine satin polish of this vintage is special, showing serious precision of al dente ripeness. A typically powerful and tightly held acid line holds a soft, full core, showing amazing restraint with incredible balance and a lightly pithy finish.

Best Other White Varietal (Pálava): Vinařství Pod hradem s.r.o. 2022 Pálava

Deeper yellow wine with golden highlights. The aroma is rich, typically varietal after tropical fruit, mango, yellow melon, and tangerines. The taste is full, and pleasantly harmonious with light spiciness, honey, and a longer aftertaste. The wine will especially appeal to those who like balanced wines with residual sugar.

Best Native American White Varietal (Carlos): Lakeridge Winery & Vineyards NV Carlos

This vibrant blend features refreshing guava notes and delicate white flowers for an unforgettable sip every time.

Best Hybrid White Varietal (Frontenac Gris): Saint Croix Vineyards 2022 Frontenac Gris

Medium-bodied white with a beautiful golden color. This wine opens with citrus and spice aromas evolving into layers of grapefruit and pear on the palate. This versatile wine will pair with a wide variety of foods, including a spicy dish.

Best White Rhone Varietal Blend; Best in Show White Wine: Davancy 2020 White Blend

This blend offers a balanced palate with refreshing acidity and vibrant fruit notes. Helwig Winery located in the heart of California’s wine country, is renowned for its commitment to crafting exceptional wines that reflect the region perfectly.

The 2023 San Francisco International Wine Competition crowned remarkable white wines, each a testament to craftsmanship and regional expression. Explore more exceptional white wines on the shoppable page on our website.