Eden Prairie Liquor's July Drink Pick: Unoaked Chardonnays

Unoaked Chardonnays make great summer sippers.

This year we’ve seen a surge of un-oaked chardonnays hit the liquor store shelves. Un-oaked chardonnays refer to chardonnay wines not barrel fermented, which taste only of the green apple, lemon, pineapple and similar varietal characteristics the wine is known for. There was a time when oak was all the rage and customers looked for that toasty oak quality found in wines aged in French and American oak barrels, but the latest craze is wines that are more fruit forward and simple in nature. These wines make incredible summer sippers and pair brilliantly with salads, oysters, mussels, appetizers and good times shared with friends. And the best part? They are affordable!  Oak barrels are expensive and winemakers can produce these chardonnays for less. You can find several options at all three Eden Prairie liquor store locations for less than twenty dollars a bottle.  Kim Crawford, Schild Estate and Yalumba Unwooded come from overseas, and A by Acacia and Estancia both produce wonderful values in un-oaked chardonnays from the United States. —Tammy Wanchena, central buyer for Eden Prairie Liquor