Let’s be honest. No get together of friends is complete without a bottle of wine or two. A dinner out, a dinner in, heck even a movie night! We know that choosing a bottle that both complements the food you’re enjoying and that is pleasing to everyone’s palate isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help break it down for you.
With so many varietals (cabernet, sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio, pinot noir!) it’s hard to know where to begin, so why don’t we start with America’s favorite grape: chardonnay.
Originally grown in Burgundy, France, this green skinned grape is now grown all over the world. With varying tastes from crisp to hearty and oaky, you’re sure to find a chardonnay that suits both your budget and taste buds.
Many winemakers in the US choose to age their chardonnay in oak barrels giving it a rich, velvety almost buttery taste that goes well with salmon and creamy cheeses. Many chardonnays made in France and the new world (Argentina, New Zealand, Australia) have a crisp, mineral taste that pairs well with a variety of dishes both light and hearty.
A few classic pairings for a variety of Chardonnays…
– Asparagus and tomato frittata + lightly oaked Chardonnay
– Triple cream brie + rich full bodied oaked Chardonnay
– Crisp greens with mustard vinaigrette + crisp un-oaked French chablis
Another helpful tip: find your local wine store and make friends with the shop keeper! They’re generally very knowledgeable and eager to help. The more they get to know your taste the better their advice will be!
Until next week, happy sipping!
Amy + Hillary