2007 Foxglove ($15)
Anyone tired of overly oaky California Chardonnays will appreciate the subtle touch winemaker Bob Varner and his brother Jim impart to this wine from San Luis Obispo County. It has a blossomy yellow-apple and pear character underlined by a firm zing of acidity, but it also shows a lovely sense of proportion that keeps you coming back for the next sip.
2007 Brander Santa Ynez Valley ($15)
This Santa Barbara County winery is a rare breed in California: a Sauvignon Blanc specialist. Brander’s emphasis on the grape pays off in the 31st bottling of its entry-level wine—vibrant and dry, with melony fruit and grassy, herbal nuances.
- American Wine Awards 2008
- American Wine Awards 2008: Importer of the Year
- American Wine Awards 2008: Outstanding Sparkling Wine
- American Wine Awards 2008: Winemaker of the Year
- American Wine Awards 2008: Best Wines for Over $20
- American Wine Awards 2008: Best New Winery
2006 A to Z Wineworks Oregon ($18) (pictured, above)
Domaine Drouhin veteran Bill Hatcher buys and blends grapes from at least 16 different sources, but the result is seamless: a supple, medium-bodied Pinot that pairs equally well with a burger or grilled chicken.