In glorious warm weather like this, if you're going to drink a Chardonnay, make it something crisp and minerally like this fine Macon. The fruit carries hints of celery seed, anise and melon. Lithe and elegant, this Maconnais Chardonnay isn't weighed down with oak. The price is right too, from this undervalued region.
Drink it with a classic bruschetta — inch-thick toasted country bread rubbed with a garlic clove and drowned in extra virgin olive oil. It's wonderful with seared scallops too. Or grilled fish stuffed with wild fennel and herbs.
Price: About $15
Style: Crisp and minerally
What it goes with: Bruschetta, grilled fish, seared scallops
Where to find it: Chronicle Wine Cellar in Pasadena, (626) 577-2549, http://www.cwcellar.com; Green Jug in Woodland Hills, (818) 887-9463, http://www.greenjug.com; Mission Wines in South Pasadena, (626) 403-9463, http://www.missionwines.com; the Wine House in West Los Angeles, (310) 479-3731, http://www.winehouse.com; and Woodland Hills Wine Co. in Woodland Hills, (818) 222-1111, http://www.whwc.com.