In this issue, Wine Spectator salutes seven legends of California Chardonnay who contributed to the rise of America’s favorite white wine. Some of their names will be familiar from their wine labels—Aubert, Hobbs, Kistler, Kongsgaard and Ramey. Helen Turley, the recipient of Wine Spectator’s Distinguished Service Award in 2010, is behind the famed Marcassin Chardonnays, while Richard Graff revived a bankrupt Chalone Vineyard and put its Chardonnay on the map. Each of these visionaries brought their own approach and philosophy to Chardonnay, but they all shared a belief in its potential for greatness in California.
Read the rest of Wine Spectator editor and publisher Marvin R. Shanken's introduction to the July 31, 2022, issue, to learn more about our California Chardonnay cover story and tasting report, top Napa Valley travel destinations, a New England lobster boil menu, gin- and vodka-based summer cocktails and much more.