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2008 Mirth Chardonnay

September 02, 2009|S. Irene Virbila

A project of Oregon's Owen Roe Winery and offshoot Corvidae winery, Mirth Chardonnay is a rare commodity -- a moderately priced Chardonnay that drinks beautifully. The 2008 vintage, from Washington grapes, is clean and crisp and not over-oaked. Notes of apple and citrus coupled with a bright acidity give this less-than-$20 Chardonnay an appealing freshness and elegance.

It's a great Indian summer basic, easy drinking and perfect with pretty much anything light, from omelets and frittatas to seafood pasta or risotto dishes, seared sea scallops and fried calamari.


S. Irene Virbila --

Region: Columbia Valley, Oregon

Price: About $11

Style: Crisp and lean

What it goes with: egg dishes, seafood pasta and risotto, scallops and calamari

Where to find it: Bob's Fine Wines in San Clemente, (949) 496-3313; Cardiff Seaside Market in Cardiff by the Sea, (760) 753-5445; Colorado Wine Co. in Eagle Rock, (323) 478-1985,; Flask Fine Wines in Studio City, (818) 761-5373, www.flaskfine; Laguna Culinary Arts Gourmet Cheese Shop & Wine Cellar in Laguna Beach, (949) 494-4006, www.laguna; Silverlake Wine in Los Angeles, (323) 662-9024, www.silverlake; Vendome Liquors in Toluca Lake, (818) 766-9593,; the Wine Loft in Carlsbad, (760) 944-1412, www.thewine

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