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When you’re in the mood for a perfectly sippable white, look no further than these best-value Chardonnays for summertime pours.
Some of the most enjoyable California Chardonnays can now be found locally at bargain prices. And they complement a range of fare, from oysters on the half shell, steamed lobster and shrimp, grilled trout and branzino, to barbecued chicken and even blue-veined cheeses.
2020 Bogle California Chardonnay ($12)
Partially barrel fermented and aged for 8 months in American oak, this wine proffers a bouquet and taste of apples and pears, with notes of oak and vanilla. Find it at Suburban Wines & Spirits in Yorktown Heights and Vine & Co. in Bedford Hills.
2018 Baron Herzog Chardonnay ($13)
With grapes hailing primarily from California’s Central Valley, this kosher wine shows a fragrant bouquet and fruity taste of apples and ripe pears, with some notes of apricot and oak in the finish. Find it at Rochambeau Wines & Liquors in Dobbs Ferry and Village Wine & Spirits in Sleepy Hollow.
2019 Chateau St. Jean Chardonnay ($10)
This is a classic Sonoma County Chardonnay, with a perfumed bouquet and taste of
ripe apples and pineapple, with hints of butterscotch in its zesty finish. Find it at Dodd’s Liquor City in Millwood and Westchester Wine Warehouse in White Plains.
2019 J. Lohr Arroyo Seco Chardonnay ($13)
Made from grapes harvested in Monterey County, this barrel-fermented wine shows a bouquet and taste of ripe apples and tropical fruit, with a touch of vanilla and citrus in its lingering finish. Find it at Mt. Kisco Wines & Spirits, Varmax in Port Chester, and Bottle Grove in White Plains.
2019 Chateau Souverain Chardonnay ($10)
This wine, made of grapes from the North Coast of California, has a bouquet reminiscent of warm apple pie, with a taste of ripe apples and pears and some citrus in its crisp finish. Find it at Stew Leonard’s Wines & Spirits in Yonkers and Varmax in Port Chester.
Kendall-Jackson Vintner’s Reserve Chardonnay ($15)
This popular wine shows a bouquet and rich taste of ripe apples and peach, with undertones of vanilla and orange zest in its crisp finish. Find it at Aries Wines & Spirits in White Plains and Wine Bazaar in New Rochelle.