At its best, unoaked Long Island Chardonnay is fruit-forward without being too fruity with a nice bit of weight that is balanced by fresh acidity and subtle lemony herb qualities. It’s some of the most versatile and food-friendly wine you’ll find locally.

Roasting a chicken with lemon or herbs? It’ll be a delicious pairing. Pan-seared Long Island seafood? Yup, it’ll work great in that application, too. It’s also — because it’s often among a winery’s more affordable offerings — great for a casual mid-week glass or two or for parties where you have many glasses to fill.

And now that Lieb Cellars is putting it’s second label Bridge Lane 2017 Chardonnay in cans too, it seems poised to be a pool, beach or boating favorite as well.

Producer: Lieb Cellars/Bridge Lane Wines
Grapes: 100% Chardonnay
 New York State
ABV: 12%
Price: $34 per 4-pack of 375ml cans (also available in bottle, box and keg)

* Review sample provided by the winery

Bridge Lane 2017 Chardonnay

87 points

Bursting with green apple on the nose, you’ll also find aromas of peaches and lemon zest. Medium-bodied with clean, fresh acidity, it’s not the most concentrated Chardonnay around, but it shows nice fruit character — more green apple, peach and citrus — with a faint lemongrass note that is joined by a chalky, earthy minerality on the finish that is refreshingly bone dry.

A lot of canned wine on the market is fairly neutral and/or mediocre. The Bridge Lane stuff is a clear step above. I’d drink this Chardonnay from a can most any spring or summer day. It’s about refreshment rather than refinement.

About Author

Lenn Thompson, a proud Pittsburgh, PA native, moved to Long Island more than a decade ago and quickly fell in love with the region’s dynamic and emerging wine community. A digital and content marketing and community professional by day, he founded in early 2004 to share his passion for the wines, beers and spirits of New York State. After running that site -- which became the premier source for independent New York wine commentary, reviews and news -- for 12 years, he launched in late 2016 to add the wines of Virginia, Maryland, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Vermont and beyond to his beat. Lenn currently serves as the wine columnist for The Suffolk Times weekly newspaper and is the former editor of the Long Island Wine Gazette. He contributes or has contributed to publications like Wine Enthusiast Magazine, Beverage Media, Edible Brooklyn, Edible East End and Edible Hudson Valley. Lenn served on the board of directors for Drink Local Wine, and is the creator and founder of TasteCamp, an annual regional wine immersion conference for writers and trade. An admitted riesling and cabernet franc fanatic, he’s intensely passionate about eating local and the many local wine regions of America. Lenn lives in Miller Place, NY with his wife Nena, son Jackson, daughter Anna and their dog, Casey Lemieux Thompson.

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