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SPRING CLEAN YOUR PALATE

WITH CALIFORNIA CHARDONNAY

by Jyll Jara, WSET II

Spring is always a striking reminder of renewal and beauty in nature. With the abundance of rain we have been blessed with these last few months, it will certainly be a picturesque season in CA Wine Country. Why not take this opportunity to renew, or “Spring Clean” your wine palate? Too often we get stuck selecting the same wine over and over. I get it, wine can be downright confusing to decipher, and ridiculous to pronounce. Therefore, we will start you off slow with some recognizable grapes, from some fantastic producers who are representing CA wine as it should be. The grape for today is an all too familiar one in CA, the loved-and-reviled Chardonnay. Make no mistake however, this is not your Mother’s Chardonnay. Nowhere near the butter and oak bombs of the past; these are beautifully crafted wines, vibrant and balanced, with mouthwatering acidity to stand up to a range of cuisine. Here are a few suggestions to make you jump right back into “Chardonnay-All-Day”.

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Arnot Roberts, “Watson Ranch”, 2104, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

Tingling acidity of lemon, grapefruit, green apple and melon.

Via Backroom Wines

Pink Grapefruit and Radicchio Salad with Dates and Pistachios

Via NY Times Cooking

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Matthiasson, “Linda Vista Vineyard”, 2014, Chardonnay, Napa Valley

100% Chardonnay showing green and yellow apples, peaches, melon, and honey.

Via Matthiasson

Chicken with Caramelized Apples, Pears, and Mashed Sweet Potatoes

Via Real Healthy Recipies

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Liquid Farm, “White Hill”, 2014, Chardonnay, Sta. Rita Hills

Mineral, yellow pear, and lavender, finishing with a touch of salinity.

Via Liquid Farm

Goat Cheese Cakes with Rosemary and Lavender Honey

Via Food & Wine

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Anthill Farms, “Peugh Vineyard”,  2013, Chardonnay, Russian River

Via Celler Tracker

Epoisses, Ham and Apple Tart

Via Food & Wine

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Hirsch Vineyards Estate, 2013, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

Acid and minerality highlight this small production Chardonnay. This beauty can be cellared for some years rounding out the depth of flavor.

Via Hirsch Vineyards

Curried Lobster Rolls

Via Food Network

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Ceritas, “Heintz Vineyard”, 2011, Chardonnay, Sonoma Coast

If you are lucky enough to have an allocation from Ceritas, then you already know what utterly amazing wine they produce. If not, I highly recommend the wait list. This Chardonnay is floral, steely, and completely harmonious.

Via Celler Tracker

Seared Scallops with Herb-Butter Pan Sauce

Via Fine Cooking

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