This is my style of chardonnay, more Burgundian than New World. There’s oak and richness but crispness on the palate, especially in the beginning and end. Peach, tangerine and minerality all contribute to the complexity, with acidity and good structure in the body and finish. Good balance.

Sip on its own, or serve with a variety of (non-spicy) dinner dishes from fish to chicken to meat.

Highly Recommended: 92 points – BSE

WHO: Edna Valley Vineyards

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: San Luis Obispo, Edna Valley AVA, California

HOW MUCH: around $40 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein
International Editor

Becky Sue Epstein is Palate Press’s International Editor. An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, her work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, www.wine-pages.com and Wine Spectator. She began her career as a restaurant reviewer for the Los Angeles Times while working in film and television. Epstein is also the author of several books on wine, spirits, and food, including Champagne: A Global History; Brandy: A Global History, and Strong, Sweet and Dry: A Guide to Vermouth, Port, Sherry, Madeira, and Marsala.

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