Chardonnay was once the go-to white, until over-oaked, ultra-ripe monsters sent tipplers running into the arms of Pinot Grigio. These three Chards make amends.
Louis Jadot Mâcon Villages Chardonnay 2011, $16.10
From the legendary house of Jadot, this unoaked white is made from grapes grown in the southern end of Burgundy. Try with corn avocado salad.
Ponce notes: “A slim, tidy Chard with crunchy apple flavours, lively acidity, and a crisp finish, this white is for people who prefer Phoenix over Daft Punk.”
Angel’s Gate Winery Mountainview Chardonnay 2010, $18.95
Perched up on Niagara’s Beamsville Bench, Angel’s Gate affords a stunning panoramic view all the way to Toronto. Open this Vintages find at a lobster boil.
Ponce notes: “The nose offers up a bouquet of buttery apples cooked over a campfire. It’s a full-bodied Chard with peachy flavours and a silky texture. Don’t over-chill.”
Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay 2011, $26.95
Cooled by fog off the Pacific, California’s Russian River Valley produces some of the best Chardonnays in the state. Serve with pork.
Ponce notes: “This gorgeous wine delivers high notes of ripe apricots, well-integrated oak, and zesty acidity. Even the biggest naysayers will go back to Cali on this one.”