Local Deluxe Chardonnay

September and October are “˜local wine’ months at the LCBO so it’s a good time to explore what’s out there. Or at least the slim pickings that the Board offers. I’ll start with a few fancy recommendations and get to more reasonably priced picks shortly. But don’t panic, all my wines for the fall won’t be local.

It’s no longer news that Ontario can produce Chardonnay as good as the best. And in no time the County has become a star with this grape. Closson Chase’s wine is not the biggest nor most glam, but it has what I like in Chardonnay ““ great vitality and energy. Along with a solid earthy character. More like Chablis than Californian or Aussie. More athletic than glamorous. And it’s almost a bargain in this league.

Have the first glass without food and see what it does for your appetite. I could sip this wine all evening.

CLOSSON CHASE 09 Chardonnay “˜Closson Chase Vineyards’ VQA Prince Edward County 148866 Vintages $29.95

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