Let me first state up front that I’m not a Chardonnay person. Most of them are too bitter with a lingering after taste that’s not pleasing to me. So when I find a Chardonnay that I like, it’s a day of celebration! My daughter gave me a bottle of Napa Cellars Chardonnay for Christmas and I was truly happy that I enjoyed it, because I hate to see any bottle of wine go to waste.
This pretty Chardonnay has the flavors of pear, lemon, apple, and a hint of pineapple. Do I taste each of those fruits when I drink it? No, no I don’t. The pear and lemon, yes. The pineapple, not so much. I need to work on training my taste buds better. I should consult with a sommelier to help me differentiate the flavors in wine.
I paired the Napa Cellars Chardonnay with Roasted Vegetable Medley Soup (I shared the recipe on my other blog, Town and Country Living). The soup is somewhat rustic and I loved the crisp and slight sweetness the wine added to the meal. In my opinion, this was the perfect pairing! You could easily pair this wine with roasted chicken, too.
Do you keep your wine corks when you finish a bottle? I do. I use them for decoration. I think think they look pretty tucked inside a white ironstone bowl. Plus they’re worth money! You can buy a small bag of them from the craft store for $6-$10. I don’t know why anyone would buy wine corks when you can enjoy bottles of wine and keep the corks for free.
If you’re not a Chardonnay person, give Napa Cellars Chardonnay a try. Try it with the Roast Vegetable Medley Soup recipe! I think you’ll like it.
To learn more about this wine, see what the winemaker has to say about it in this video: