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2012 Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay

3:48 PM EDT, October 22, 2013

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From: Columbia Valley, Washington

Price: $11

Serve with: Salmon, ham, poultry

It's great to be in a position to heartily recommend a wine that is so readily available. Despite being made in huge quantities, Ste. Michelle's basic chardonnay shows artisanal-level quality. It's a vibrant white wine that seems just a touch off-dry, but its generous acidity keeps it well within balance. There's ample green apple and citrus character and a very subtle kiss of oak. This is an exceptional example of skillful blending, and it can be served with a wide variety of foods.

--Michael Dresser