2010 Paso Grande Chardonnay

2010 Paso Grande Chardonnay (Handout photo, Handout photo / January 11, 2012)

From: Valle Central, Chile

Price: $10

Serve with: Salmon, ham, poultry

I'm not a big fan of Chilean chardonnays, most of which seem heavy and clunky, but this one I found very appealing — especially at this price. It combines the standard flavors of New World chardonnay — apple, lemon and vanilla — but does so with admirable balance and harmony. It's not a great dry white wine, but it is a great value.

Michael Dresser