With streaks of buttery vanilla and a lip-smacking citric finish, this is not your everyday California Chardonnay. Part was fermented in oak and part in stainless steel, which gives the wine a little more restraint. It’s not overblown with fruit and the acidity begs for food, so serve it with appetizers or a meal.

Recommended: 90 points — Becky Sue Epstein

WHO: Amici Cellars

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Sonoma County, California

HOW MUCH: $16 (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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