The current (well, July 31st) issue of Wine Spectator contains, in addition to a fluff piece about Michael White, its annual Chardonnay report.
I don't know much about wine, other than I enjoy drinking it, so I'm interested in other opinions.
According to the spectator, California Chardonnay has been, for the last decade or so, moving away from its big, buttery, oaky tendency, to a more Burgundian style. Much has been accomplished by planting/moving vineyards to cooler coastal sites, according to the article.
Mentioned is one of my favorite vineyards, Stonestreet, the late Jess Jackson's high end winery. And we'll be spending a few days in Healdsburg in a couple of months, so I look forward to stopping in at a few of the Russian River Valley wineries they mention. These may include, Paul Hobbs and Gary Farrell.
Anyone drinking Cali chards these days, and finding they're better than they were?