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Weekend Wine: Cellar No. 8 Chardonnay

(Photo courtesy of Treasury Wine Estates)

Cellar No. 8 Chardonnay 2010, $8-$10: This northern Sonoma County winery has a reputation for dry reds that are affordable and satisfy demanding palates. The Chardonnay, however, pleasantly surprised me with its zesty personality, its fruit-forward punch of apple, pear, white peach and nectarine, even with hints of spicy oak. It’s now on my go-to list of affordable Chardonnays (think Woodbridge, Cupcake, Beringer, Cono Sur) that I can pour with confidence. Cellar No. 8 is made at the old, historic Asti Winery that dates to the late 1800s, founded by an Italian immigrant who established the¬†Italian and Swiss community that made the brand Italian Swiss Colony Wine, at Asti.¬†One of the buildings at Asti Winery is named Cellar No. 8. This Chardonnay is widely available in supermarkets and stores — the label is hard to miss.