Wine of the Week: 2011 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay

Published Jun. 10, 2013

We first encountered this week's wine at one of our favorite new restaurants, one where nice twists on classic American comfort foods — like deviled eggs dressed up with smoked trout and crisped capers — invite pairing with uncomplicated wines and craft beers. The 2011 Chamisal Vineyards Stainless Chardonnay, an unoaked chard from California's Central Coast, fills the bill admirably. Expect to pay about $15 at wine-savvy markets and wine shops.

Throughout, this is a delightfully fresh and vibrant white for the table or for poolside sipping. In the glass, it is a shimmery pale gold. On the nose, it offers up seductive white peach. On the tongue, it displays a harmonious blend of white peach, honeydew, ripe pear and just a touch of almond, fruit-forward but subtly so. It finishes long and clean with a hint of lime at the finale.

We would pair this lively white with unfussy summer fare like grilled pork tenderloin with grilled fresh peaches and a broccoli-cranberry slaw on the side.

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