Location: Northridge, CA
Wines Less Traveled: Chardonnay
I have a sort of love-hate relationship with Chardonnay, in that I seem to either love them or loath them without much in between. That being said there's a reason it's one of the world's most popular and renowned white grapes. The challenge is to balance the malolactic fermentation with freshness and oak with the grape's (let's face it) limited expressivness. When everything comes together chardonnay is elegant, rich, and a joy to drink. Once again it's likely you may not have heard of some or any of the wonderful, tiny, and sometimes new producers on this list but they are all doing exceptional wines with great price-to-value.