Wine Russian River Winner

Impressive Russian River Valley Chardonnay at the Marks & Spencer press tasting, and a rare treat to find a decent, elegant Sonoma County Chardonnay that doesn’t make teeth itch and toes curl at the price. I fell in love with this region twelve years ago, eventually spending a harvest working ‘crush’ at boutique Pinot Noir producer Kosta Browne – the landscape, the restaurants, the wines….yep, I fell for it all with goofy abandon. Sideways comes to mind…


Classy, subtle yet ripe, a lick of buttery oak, a beam of bright acidity. Worth pouncing on. Not much around, so worth looking to find it on the M&S website. £16.