I always mean to recommend these affordable wines on Friday, when the info will be useful for the looming entertainment questions of the weekend, but what the hey. This time it's Monday. It's important to keep people on their toes, right?
2005 Calera Central Coast Chardonnay ($16) Calera makes some of the best Pinots in California, but this affordable white shows that Josh Jensen isn't just inspired by the world's most inspirational grape—good old workhorse Chard apparently brings out his talents, too. A scent of baked peach and slight oak spice—call it peach pie without the sweetness—leads into plump, appealing apricot fruit and firm acidity.