This is a beauty of a Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, elegant and minerally, with some sass to it and a bright acidity that sends you back to the glass for another sip. It's brilliant as an apéritif but ready to escort grilled swordfish, steamed shellfish or even a chicken fricassee to the table. I might try it with fried chicken or sweetbreads too. And certainly with sushi.
Region: Central Coast
Price: About $25
Style: Elegant and focused
What It goes with: Grilled fish, steamed shellfish, chicken fricassee, sushi
Where to find it: Amazing Grapes Wine Store in Rancho Santa Margarita, (949) 888-9007, http://www.amazinggrapeswinestore.com; Bacchus Wine Made Simple in Manhattan Beach, (310) 372-2021, http://www.bacchuswinesla.com; Green Jug in Woodland Hills, (818) 887-9463, http://www.greenjug.com; K&L Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463, http://www.klwines.com; L.A. Wine Co. in Marina del Rey, (310) 306-9463, http://www.lawineco.com; Wine Exchange in Orange, (714) 974-1454, http://www.winex.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.