Gallo’s Barefoot wines offer decent value in the everyday price range. The Bubbly and Pinot Grigio are good summer sippers. There’s no disputing California’s ability to seduce with Chardonnay, such as the following pricy-but-good pair. Interestingly, both are sort of French in style.
Three Saints is typical of Chardonnay from the Santa Barbara region – wonderful freshness, vitality and purity of flavour. Californian Chablis! Smart dinner party aperitif. Sonoma-Cutrer is fashioned on the Burgundy model – moderate richness, tangy freshness and a classy feeling. Another no brainer for dinner parties.
THREE SAINTS 09 Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, California 297531 Vintages $20.25
SONOMA CUTRER 11 Chardonnay, Russian River Ranches, California 608653 Vintages Essentials $24.95