St. Supery has long been one of my favorite wineries. It delivers value and quality, especially for a Napa producer. Winemaker Michael Beaulac is forthright and open minded, and Michaela Rodeno, who runs the place, is about as sharp as they come.
So, if you feel like a splurge this holiday season, try the oak free chardonnay (about $25). Though it wasn’t aged in oak, it isn’t as steely and crisp as other unoaked chardonnays. Rather, there is a richness and depth that’s impressive, and might even satisfy people who like oak. Look for green apples and a spicy, mineral finish. Pair this with most holiday dinners that don’t involve red meat, and especially seafood. Oysters would be terrific.