Chardonnay is one of those wines that’s great to sip and goes well with so many types of food. Not to mention it remains very popular. Any basic wine wardrobe will likely include a Chardonnay. Known for it’s mild mannered fruitiness, it lends well to making all different kinds of wine.
Here are some core words for describing Chardonnay:
- Crisp or Smooth
- Light, Medium or full bodied
- Fruit aromas
- Oaky and Toasty
- Buttery and creamy
- Vanilla Spice and Nuttiness
LESLIE’S TASTING TIP:
In Argentina there is a popular white grape called Torrontes, which makes a wine that tastes like a cross between Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Look for the easy-on-the-wallet version from Santa Julia Winery that ranges in price from $5-7.
Chardonnay Friendly Sauce
Creamy Mustard Dressing: Use one tablespoon Dijon mustard to two tablespoons olive oil and blend together with a fork or small whisk until creamy. Add one tablespoon of red wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar (more for a thinner, tangier dressing). Add fresh chopped tarragon and salt and pepper to taste. Spread on sandwiches, top salads, or drizzle over grilled meats.
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LESLIE’S TASTING TIP (For Chablis): One of my favorite producers is Domaine Laroche. Their range of wines is stunning from the classic Chablis Saint-Martin (around $25) to the pricey Domaine Laroche Grand Cru bottlings that can cost more than $60-100 per bottle.
VALUE TIP (Pouilly-Fuisse): Look for wines from Saint-Véran and those labeled Mâcon-Villages, which I call the smart-buy version of Pouilly-Fuisse. These Chardonnays, which can often be found for around $10 per bottle, sport a charmingly soft texture, hints of nuts and pear notes.
What are your favorite French Chardonnays?
Have you got some favorite Chards to share? Food pairings? Share them in the comments below!