2008 Shannon Ridge Chardonnay Ranch Collection

This chardonnay has a light bouquet with hints of citrus, and it is not overly oaked.

April showers bring May flowers—or so they say. I used to enjoy gardening and looked forward to this time of year. But as I grow older, I realize that paying a professional yields the same, if not better, end result: a lush, tropical sanctuary.

So, let’s toast to all of the landscapers, do-it-yourselfers or, in my case, the Lonnett sisters out there with a wine suited to the occasion. We need something woodsy, something with some tropical fruit—yet one that has enough body to stand up to the continually fluctuating temperatures. It’s still too early for a sauvignon blanc or a viognier, so let’s go with a chardonnay instead. For this month’s pick, I selected the 2008 Shannon Ridge Chardonnay Ranch Collection.

It’s made in a style that is more suited to my tastes than other California chardonnays: There is a light bouquet with hints of citrus, and it is not overly oaked. What was once a PLCB Chairman’s Selection now seems to be in steady supply, and $12.99 isn’t a bad price. So, break out the lawn chair, grab a glass and say goodbye to yet another dreary Pittsburgh winter. Salute!

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