Chardonnay has a reputation of being full-bodied and buttery, pairing perfectly with white fish and buttered scallops, creamy pastas and cheeses that range from pungent bleu to gouda. The ability of winemakers to truly be creative with chardonnay makes it one of the most versatile wines you can sip and savor.

When it comes to pairing Chardonnay with food, we have to take a look at the flavor profile, acidity, tannins, fermentation and aging regimen. We will discuss medium to full-bodied chardonnay food pairings that resemble our Pearl Collection Chardonnay.

 


 

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Appetizers

Bleu cheese, Camembert

Hot or mild Sopressata

Caramelized Onion, Apple & Brie Flatbread

Peach and Ricotta Crostini

Entrees

Dungeness Crab Mac & Cheese

Almond-Crusted Chicken Tenders with an Apple & Brie Side Salad

Macadamia Crusted Mahi-Mahi

Butternut Squash Risotto Recipe

 


 

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Desserts

Peach Crumble Pie (can also use apple and pear)

Lemon Bars

Rice Pudding

Snacks

Spice Roasted Chickpeas

Almonds, Hazelnuts, Peanuts, Walnuts

Sour Cream & Onion Chips

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Truffle Oil Popcorn

 

As you may notice, spicy dishes, acidic foods, and bitter foods are excluded from the suggested recipes. While they can make a Chardonnay taste sour, there are ways to make it delicious — We will follow up on those dishes as we experiment. More importantly, we suggest to take your Chardonnay out of the fridge and let it warm up to about 48 degrees before serving. If it’s too cold, the flavor profiles will be dull, and your pairing won’t be as delicious as you are expecting! This just goes to show the robustness of Chardonnay and how delicate, yet powerful it can be.

 


 

PEARL CHARDONNAY

We held nothing back on the making of this wine. The fruit was picked in stages, with the early picks establishing a base of fruit vibrancy, followed by a late final pick to incorporate rich tropical flavors. After gentle destemming and pressing, the juice was cold settled and fermented exclusively in 30 percent new barrels over a period of 10 days. The wine was aged sur lie for 11 months, with monthly lees stirring to accentuate the wine’s texture and mouthfeel. Every barrel underwent secondary malolactic fermentation to soften the profile and impart a sense of creaminess to the palate. The result is a Chardonnay that is unabashedly rich without sacrificing balance.

Have a recipe or food in mind, but unsure if it will pair with your Chardonnay? Ask us by emailing our team, here!