If we couldn't recommend the wine, we wouldn't write about the winemaker's swell Arbor Day promotion. Fortunately, both the cause and the 2007 Tangley Oaks Central Coast Chardonnay (about $15 to $18 at wine shops) are worth noting.
First, the wine. This chardonnay is fermented about one-third in oak and the balance in stainless steel, giving it the clean edge many chard drinkers are coming to prefer. Its aroma is vanilla and pear, but vanilla falls into third place behind pear and mango on the tongue. It is satisfyingly fruit-forward and crisp but buttery, complex and balanced, too. At the tag end of the long clean finish, hints of white pepper and cantaloupe assert themselves for a delightful moment.
Pair this exemplary chard with chicken grilled in a citrus marinade and served with mango, jalapeno and lime salsa.
For Arbor Day, celebrated earlier in Florida but nationally on April 30, the winery will be helping to plant trees.
"Tangley Oaks will donate a percentage of its profits for the next year to planting thousands of trees through the Arbor Day Foundation," according to company publicists. "On Arbor Day weekend alone, Tangley Oaks will donate one tree for every bottle or glass of wine sold."
That adds up to a promotion as refreshing as the wine.
By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.