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For a true wine experience, try this Chardonnay from South Africa — it has to be good if Donald Hess of Hess Collection owns the winery.
Look to the celebrated Simi Winery in Healdsburg, Calif., for a Chardonnay to take the edge of an 80-degree day and dazzle your taste buds. The 2010 Simi Chardonnay from Sonoma, $18 top price, is a bright, fruit-packed powerhouse that’s like Chardonnay on steroids. It’s a cocktail of green apple, nectarine, lime and pear, and spice … Continue Reading →
You won’t find many Napa Valley Chardonnays under $20, let alone under $15. I have seen the Franciscan Estate Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010, $18, on sale for $13 at Meijer. Cap that with the prestige of the Franciscan Estate name and you have one fine wine experience awaiting you. This Chard is sourced from … Continue Reading →
This is one you can wrap your brain around as well as your palate. The Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay 2010, $22, has body and layers of flavor; it’s crisp-tart-dry and still so tightly woven you can only guess at its potential as it ages. But who ages wine anymore? Just be prepared for a sipping … Continue Reading →
This Chard is a classic, coming from a winery that has been making wine in Sonoma County since the 1970s. Matanzas Creek Sonoma County Chardonnay 2009, $26, is a bright gold color that leads to heady aromas of apple, sweet pear, hazelnut and lemon zest. On the palate it’s still tightly stitched — it needs time to warm … Continue Reading →
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 … Continue Reading →
Clos de Los Siete Argentina 2009, $18: French flying winemaker Michel Rolland puts his name on the French-like front label of this red blend from Argentina. It’s pretty stylish stuff, and I’m betting you would never guess it was from Argentina — because of the bold, very California-like fruit. It’s a blend of Malbec, Merlot, … Continue Reading →