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2011 Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 

Santa Lucia Highlands, California

$20-$27 Retail

From the California family that makes Caymus in Napa's Rutherford Valley, Charlie Wagner II produces this well-balanced chardonnay. The wine is fermented and aged in both stainless steel and small limestone-based cement tanks imported from France. In the glass, the wine's clean, crisp citrus aromas lead into lively flavors of green apple, lemon zest, tropical fruit nuances, a delightful mineral character and bright acidity on the finish. Drink it with grilled fish, shrimp remoulade, guacamole, chicken salad and crab cakes. Buy it at: The Fresh Market on St. Charles Avenue, Langenstein's and Dorignac's in Metairie and Acquistapace's Covington Supermarket. Drink it at: Morton's The Steakhouse, NOLA, Mosca's and Ristorante del Porto.

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