With Edna Valley Vineyards Paragon Chardonnay 2007
White Steal of the Year (San Luis Obispo County; $13)
Perfect pairing: Golden Spiced Squash With Sautéed Shrimp
Why it works: With a core of sweet fruit, this great-value Chardonna is a good match for both winter squash and sweet shrimp.
Apple flavors in the wine are laced with baking spices (common in Chardonnay with a little oak on it) that link up with the cardamom and ginger in the squash. A creamy lemon edge keeps the match lively.