White wine fans are currently celebrating the ebb of summer with their favorite chilled whites. The pool season often brings our thirsty friends to our homes in search of copious quantities of refreshing, crisp whites. Since the key word here is “copious”, it makes good sense to find and acquire a great value white wine for your guests. Your friendly Wine Bargain Sleuth has a recommendation that every wallet will embrace this month: the 2012 Smoking Loon Chardonnay California Steelbird Unoaked. Retailing for a bargain bin price of $8, the Smoking Loon Chardonnay was described by Wine Spectator as “Pure Chardonnay, intense, fresh and vibrant, this is loaded with citrus, green apple and citrus blossom, showing steely, flinty notes. Sings and dances from start to finish.” Widely available with 52,000 cases made, the 2012 Smoking Loon Chardonnay was also named a Best Value by Wine Spectator. If you have yet to sample an unoaked Chardonnay as opposed to an oaky, buttery one, the 2012 Smoking Loon represents a very minor expenditure to try something delicious. I enjoyed the crisp apple qualities and polished finish of the 2012 Smoking Loon. And quick math tells us that a clever wine sleuth can pick up a case for less than $100—even before the case discount! What are you waiting for?