Moving past ABC with A to Z – A to Z 2019 chardonnay


Is ABC…anything but chardonnay…still a thing?  


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Perhaps…if t-shirt sales are any indication. 

BTW, are those two fresh-faced kids old enough to even be thinking,

let alone drinking, chardonnay? 

But let’s get back on track.


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In the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s, wine makers cranked out vast amounts

of insipid, meaning crummy,  chardonnay. 


Wine drinkers rebelled. 


It became a badge (and a t-shirt) of honor to declare that

you were drinking ABC…anything but chardonnay. 


Ironically, during those decades, more chardonnay was consumed

than any other type of wine on the planet.

It just wasn’t cool to admit you were doing the consuming. 

Since then, chardonnay quality has improved and its image has been burnished.

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It’s Wine Thursday!,  our weekly good-wine-at-a-good-price-

that-you-can-find recommendation, just in time for your weekend. 


This week, we’re featuring a chardonnay that might prompt you

to burn your ABC t-shirt.



Chardonnay is one of the more “neutral” wine grapes.  That means it typically expresses flavor

depending on how it is treated in the wine making process.

Many chards are aged in oak barrels…sometimes too long…and the resulting wine can

taste like wood or sweet vanilla or even butter. 

On the opposite end of the spectrum is A to Z  2019  “unoaked” chardonnay.

It’s crisp and fresh with tones of pineapple and lemon. 

Nothing buttery or “oak-y” going on here.

I really enjoyed this wine’s balancing act between acidity and fruit flavors. 

It’s impressive stuff and at its low price point, even more impressive.


We found A to Z 2019 unoaked chardonnay at  Total Wine for $10.97. 

Costco has it for $11.99.  It’s on the shelf at Fred Meyer for $12.99. 

Safeway’s price is $13.99,  It’s at QFC for $14.99. has it for $16.99. 

Or you can order it from the winery for a flat 16 bucks.