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Wine of the week: 2012 Natura Chardonnay

We're fans of organic and sustainable agriculture as well as of good table wines at good prices, so we are doubly happy this week to recommend the 2012 Natura Chardonnay from Emiliana Organic Vineyards in Chile's Valle de Casablanca region. We're not in the habit of recommending websites, but we're making an exception this time because we were charmed by an interactive illustration of this vineyard's operations under the heading Organic & Biodynamic at

This unoaked chard (yes, it's a trend) goes for about $11 at wine-savvy markets and is well worth seeking out.

The bouquet of this white wine gives nothing away, offering only the barest whiff of pear. On the tongue, however, that rumor of pear grows up and explodes into a juicy ripeness complemented by a touch of vanilla, a bit of ginger and a judicious touch of nectarine. All that luscious fruit persists through a medium-long and crisp finish, making this both a good solo summer sipper and a fine companion for robust dishes like chicken with 40 cloves of garlic or pork tenderloin roasted with pears.

By Colette and John Bancroft. She is the Times' book editor, and he is a freelance writer specializing in food, wine and travel.

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