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Something racy this way comes.

Posted by Stephen Meuse  July 20, 2011 11:22 AM

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IMG_4093.JPGIn a column to appear in next Wednesday's Food pages, we'll be highlighting a category we're calling extreme chardonnay. The common thread is the crisp, dry fruit, shimmering acidity, and mineral interest higher latitude chardonnay offers.

 We've been tasting a number of French wines that fill the bill.  Two surprises: the number of wines from the Jura - the region due east of Burgundy - in our market, and their very high quality.

They may be at their very best with an apres-ski raclette in an alpine chalet, but on a steamy New England afternoon they're a blast of cool mountain air in your glass. Stay tuned. 

Ellen Bhang

About By the Glass

Ellen Bhang writes about food and wine and reviews Cheap Eats restaurants for the Globe. Wine is the focus of her degree in the Gastronomy master's program at Boston University. She can be reached at bytheglass@globe.com.

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