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Chardonnay Wine Pairing

Due to the wide range of styles, Chardonnay has the potential to be paired with a diverse spectrum of food types. It is most commonly paired with roast chicken and other white meats such as turkey. Heavily oak influenced Chardonnays do not pair well with more delicate fish and seafood dish. Instead, those wines tend to go better with smoked fish, spicy southeast Asian cuisine, garlic and guacamole dips. Regional influences of Chardonnay can help it pair with different food styles. Chardonnays from Washington, which is characterized by maintaining more acidity, tend to pair well with tomato-based dishes and items featuring sweet onions. Older, more mellow Chardonnays are often paired with more “earthy” dishes like mushroom soup and aged cheese.

Remember a few simple tips. Pair foods that use Chardonnay’s underlying flavor notes (ingredients that bridge the flavor of the more nuanced notes of the wine to the food) such as tarragon, bacon, toasted nuts, and mushrooms. Rich dishes, especially cream based ones, pair well with Chardonnay; they accent the creamy texture of the wine. Steer clear of overly spicy dishes and try to avoid dishes having so many heavy flavorings that they upstage the delicate range of flavors in the wine.

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