Mark Oldman visits “weird and wonderful” Portland, Oregon to discuss why Chardonnay need not always be the vinous equivalent of a Voodoo donut or a Tibetan Mastiff. He recommends low/no oak Char, a crisp, vivacious style that is not saddled by oaky strangulations.
Featured wine: Chehalem Chardonnay INOX 2009 (Oregon, $18)
Other Lovable Low/No Oak Char:
Drouhin Vaudon Chablis 2008 (France, $25)
Kim Crawford Char. 2009 (New Zealand, $19)
Morgan Char Metallico Un-Oaked 2009 (California, $20)
Plantagenet Char Unoaked 2009 (Australia, $20)
William Fèvre Chablis Domaine 2008 (France, $24)
Visit www.markoldman.com for more free wine lessons and more about Oldman’s Brave New World of Wine.