2016 Avalon Chardonnay
If I was able to take a thermos of lunch to work in the summer, I'd probably fill it with this 2016 Avalon Winery California Chardonnay. Why? Well, first of all because drinking wine at work would be fun, but mostly because this is a very easy drinking wine that represents most budget-minded California Chardonnay in a positive light. Apple and pear on the nose, light golden color with pear and smoky cheese on the palate, and a quick finish. This is the kind of wine that you should always have around and slightly chilled for those impromptu summer hangout with friends. If the first glass doesn't completely make you a fan, the second one will. Very versatile foodie wine. I think you could even serve this with a ham and cheese sandwich (hence, the take it to work with you wine) and be completely happy!
Central Coast, California
Suggested retail price: $11.99
Drink The Bottles score: 85/100