Poor, poor Chardonnay. From the WSJ, five standouts aside, the popular white still disappoints; a taste like lemony, oaky water.

By the way, if you really, really are determined to pick up an American Chardonnay for less than $20, perhaps for entertaining this summer, you could do a lot worse than good old Kendall-Jackson. We always disagree about it—Dottie likes its round, buttery, mouth-coating and slightly Muscaty tastes, while John finds it too lab-made and oaky—but we both agree that there’s never anything wrong with it and it’s easy enough to drink. It’s a solid Good wine, it costs about $12 or so and it’s available pretty much everywhere. K-J has this Chardonnay thing down to a science, which may or may not be a good thing, but at least it’s not the Frankenstein-like science evident in too many Chardonnays. – from WSJ