I know it has been a while since we had an entry from “The Wine Buddy”. I have missed him, but then I can make a call and get all my wine questions answered. It’s a new year and every meal can be special when accompanied by a wonderful wine selection.
Calling all Chardonnay lovers! Here’s a fantastic chardonnay for a great price, especially if you live near Costco.
Chateau Ste. Michelle, located in the Columbia Valley of Washington state is one of my favorite value based wineries, just like Columbia Crest. They make several levels of many varietals. The Indian Wells line is comparable to the H3 series that Columbia Crest produces.
This sleek chardonnay brings lemon, pear, and spice to the forefront and leaves a subtle intensity on the finish. It is refreshing and offers enough complexity to keep you coming back for more. I found this for $13 at Costco, but if you can find it for $15 or under you are getting a great deal. Another Wine Spectator outstanding selection, this received 90 points recently.
Great with light appetizers like humus, cheeses, or perfect with shellfish and light chicken dishes. There were 20,000 cases made and it should be great for 3-5 years. But there’s no need to hold onto it because Chateau Ste. Michelle will certainly produce similar quality year after year.