If you’re looking for value in a pleasant chardonnay, why not get the bonus of drinking it green? Sterling Vineyards has introduced a new line of certified organic wines, and my first backyard-grilled Alaskan salmon this season will be toasted with a glass or two of its 2007 Mendocino Chardonnay ($13). Sourced from three organic vineyards, it’s medium-bodied with tart citrus and apple flavors balanced by a minerally finish. It’s not just tasty, it’s righteous.








Photograph: Michael Boone