Wine for the weekend - Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2006

"If anyone orders Merlot, I'm leaving. I am NOT drinking any fucking Merlot!" Miles Raymond, Sideways, 2004

Robert Mondavi, the Californian wine-producing legend, revolutionised the way we think about wine. Throughout his remarkable life, he aggressively championed the labelling of wines varietally (rather than regionally, by producer, etc, as in the old world). So as we happily proclaim that pinot noir is our favourite, or that we’d never touch a merlot, it’s worth remembering that this wine-slurping lexicon is thanks, largely, to Mondavi. (A trend that isn't without its detractors, as the Observer’s Tim Atkin eloquently argues 

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When you open a Mondavi chardonnay, then, there is no doubt about what you are getting. This is a big, bold white wine, packed with so many pineapple, coconut and tropical fruit flavours that it starts to resemble a pina colada. Thankfully, there is also enough zingy citrus to balance its richness, and banish any need for cocktail umbrellas and novelty swizzle sticks. £15 at www.majestic.co.uk