I just finished the last of a fantastic bottle of white wine that I feel compelled to recommend to y’all. It was a gift from my friend and Rabbi Report contributor Adam Schartoff. It’s a 2000 Tyrrell’s Hunter Chardonnay Reserve from the Hunter Valley, New South Wales, Australia. Apparently it’s very hard to find the 2000 (Smokes-Spirits claims it’s “coming soon,” but I ain’t holding my breath), but I’d be willing to try the other vintages and varietals from this producer based on this wine alone. Dry and crisp, it had none of the “cotton ball in the mouth” feel of those oakey California chards. It was slightly more full-bodied than a Sauvignon Blanc (with much less of the “cat’s pee on a gooseberry bush” effect) but still quite dry. All in all, a very nice bottle!