The award-winning California white is a genuine bargain, Wine Wisdom author Roger Gentile says.

The 2011 Crème de Lys Chardonnay is a must-try for those who want a luxurious wine at half the price.

It has a lot going for it: more than six months of aging in French oak and a pudgy crème brulee aftertaste that suggests a much more expensive wine. Be careful to check the vintage, though, as some years have not been as successful.

The wine's price is $10 a bottle and when you try it, I think you will be impressed by its fatness, as this expansive white shows aromas of toast, cream and some pineapple. As well, the lush mouth impression is quite a head-turner. It received a Silver Medal at the California State Fair, and if value were taken into account, this would have been a Double Gold. I feel this wine drinks like a lot of chardonnays that get almost twice as much per bottle, so have at it. Try Glazer's Distributing if your favorite wine place doesn't have it.

Roger Gentile is the owner of Gentile's, the Wine Sellers – – and the author of two books on wine.