Wine of the Week: 2011 Liquid Farm Chardonnay 'White Hill'


For anyone who loves a leaner, more elegant style of Chardonnay, this is the one. Liquid Farm proprietors Nikki and Jeff Nelson are going for Chardonnay with less oak influence and lower alcohol. Bingo. That's a recipe for a food-friendly wine, and with the help of winemakers Brandon Sparks-Gillis and John Dragonette of Dragonette Cellars, they're making this terrific Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills grapes. I love its minerality, the sharp, fresh scent of citrus and, well, grape that comes through loud and clear.

It's a beautiful wine with chicken pot pie, mushroom galettes, chilled shellfish and crustaceans. Just right for summer drinking.

Region: Central Coast

Price: About $36

Style: Intense, yet subtle

What it goes with: Savory tarts, chilled shellfish, spiny lobster, Dungeness crab

Where to find it:, (888) 817-8880,; John and Pete's Fine Wines & Spirits in West Hollywood, (310) 657-3080,; K&L; Wine Merchants in Hollywood, (323) 464-9463,; the Redd Collection in Culver City, (310) 202-7333,; Wally's Wine & Spirits in West Los Angeles, (310) 475-0606,; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731,; and the Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111,

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