WINE OF THE WEEK: 2010 Brewer-Clifton Chardonnay 'Santa Rita Hills'; from California's Central Coast; costs $25 to $31; serve with scallops, spot prawns and smoked trout
Score one for California chardonnay. Here's a beauty from Brewer-Clifton that combines the juice from five vineyard sites in the Santa Rita Hills, each one contributing a different expression of chardonnay to the blend. The result is an elegant, food-friendly chardonnay with aromas of melon and orange blossom. It's lean and focused, yet complex and long in the finish. This is a terrific entry-level chardonnay at a great price for the quality.
Drink it with seared scallops or steamed Santa Barbara spot prawns. It does nicely as an aperitif, too, with olives and toasted almonds or a little smoked trout.