As the wine warms in the glass, fruit and some vanilla vie for attention in the aroma. The whispered fruit turns opulently tropical and overflows onto the palate, inviting some strawberry along too. A baking spice & vanillin finish, but not overly so. Easy to sip on its own or with your fave light dinner.

Recommended: 90 points — BSE

WHO: Edna Valley Vineyards

WHAT: 100% chardonnay

WHERE: Central Coast, California

HOW MUCH: $11 (media sample)

About The Author

Becky Sue Epstein

An experienced writer, editor, broadcaster, and consultant in the fields of wine, spirits, food, and travel, Becky Sue's work has appeared in many national and international publications including Intermezzo Magazine, Fine Wine & Liquor, Art & Antiques, Luxury Golf & Travel, Food + Wine, 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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