Tippings Tipples: Wine of the week – A fruity (and fog-free) Chardonnay

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Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay 2013, Livermore Valley

In keeping with the season of mists, I’ve picked the aptly named Wente ‘Morning Fog’ Chardonnay 2013 this week.

It takes its name from the morning coastal fog that is pushed by the Pacific winds into the bowl of San Francisco Bay.

Chardonnay is still struggling with an image problem in the UK, after its huge popularity in the Nineties, but if you are serious about wine you really should have a bottle or two stashed away for the right occasion.

Around £11 at Roberts and Speight (Beverley), Yorkshire Vintners (Ripon) and winedirect.co.uk

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Good ones, like this Californian example, are just about the best match with roast chicken that you will find.

It is full-bodied, rich and lightly buttery, with plenty of orchard and tropical fruit flavours, notes of honey, and just the right amount of acidity.

There are some subtle toasted wood flavours in there too, with part of the blend being fermented in oak.

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping

Mike Tipping has been writing about wine on a regular basis for 12 years now. From his York home Mike has travelled widely in pursuit of wine, visiting vineyards and wineries and meeting winemakers, as far afield as Chile but mainly in Europe.