Celebrating Chardonnay

Wow – after cover reveals and guests this week, I’m finally back with some tasty wines. Spring is here, and the weather is warming up where I live. It must be time for some Chardonnay! Today I’ve got three, and they’re all from California…and they were all on sale.

photo of Edna Valley Vineyards 2009 ChardonnayEdna Valley Vineyard 2009 Chardonnay Paragon ~ San Luis Obispo County  Alcohol 13.9% by Volume. Regularly $13.98; on sale at Vons for $9.97

On the Label: “Our vineyards enjoy one of California’s longest and coolest growing seasons, thanks to sea breezes funneled inland through Edna Valley. Our Chardonnay has amazing flavors of lush white peach and sweet spice with a crisp, clean finish. You will love our Chardonnay with fresh seafood, grilled chicken or roasted pork.”

My Take: Edna Valley wines can be in the upper teens, so when I saw this one for under $10 I grabbed it. It was actually a chilly day and I wasn’t in the mood to cook; luckily Ocean Fresh, our local seafood monger, had sent me an ad for freshly made clam chowder and crab cakes ready to pop into a pan or the oven.  (The food was divine!) This Chardonnay stood up well to both the creaminess of the chowder and the spice of the crab cakes. It was not a big, oaky Chardonnay, but it had the clean finish of a Pinot Grigio as well as the lush fruit, and it handled the seafood brilliantly.

My Rating:  ~ Very Drinkable ~  I shall have to check out more of Edna Valley’s wines.

Simi 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay Alcohol 13.5% by volume; regularly $17.49, on sale for $12.59 at Vons

On the Label: “Simi Chardonnay reflects the diversity of flavors found throughout Sonoma County. The area to the west gives pear and a luscious mouthfeel. The southern region brings citrus and crisp acidity, and vineyards in the north add tropical notes. These combine into complex fruit aromas, a creamy and toasty round mouthfeel with a brilliant balance that makes this Chardonnay delicious with cream-sauced chicken, salmon and mild cheeses.”

My Take: This was a lovely Chardonnay. It had that creaminess that I like, but it wasn’t over-oaked – in fact, oak was almost impossible to detect. I really enjoyed this wine, which we had with our “I doan wanna cook” meal of a rotisserie chicken from Costco and smashed potatoes.  Add some fresh green beans to that, and you’ve got a delicious meal. Anyway – the wine went beautifully.

My Rating: ~  Very Drinkable  ~ But a bit on the pricey side.

label for Geyser Peak ChardonnayGeyser Peak Winery 2009 Chardonnay Alexander Valley  Alcohol 13.5% by Volume $11.12 regular price (HA!) at Vons, on sale for $7.78

On the Label: “At our winery in the heart of the famed Alexander Valley, our winemakers are impassioned to create wines that engage the senses and inspire the soul. To ensure the bottle you open delivers all the delicate aromatics captured here at the winery, we seal our Chardonnay with a screwcap closure.

Taste profile: Ripe pear and tropical fruit flavors with a hint of vanillin oak. Creamy and elegant with a crisp finish.

Enjoy with: Light pastas, roast chicken and light veal dishes.”

My Take: I really enjoyed this wine, but a part of that could be that I am partial to Geyser Peak. We visited the winery back in the late 1980s, on our first-ever wine tour, and had a blast, so the wine is suffused with rosy memories. I will say, though, I’ve never been disappointed in a Geyser Peak wine. This one has that hint of oak that I so adore.

My Rating: ~ Very Drinkable ~

So there you have it, three Very Drinkable California Chardonnays. Go forth, and stock up for the ever-changeable weather to come!

As usual, this is just my honest opinion and depend upon my mood, the weather, and whether the cat has tried to kill me that day. Your taste buds will differ.

~ Until the next time, cheers – and remember to drink responsibly! ~

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Rating System: Undrinkable, Barely Drinkable, Drinkable, Very Drinkable, and the ever popular Stay away! This is MY wine, you slut!

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14 Responses to Celebrating Chardonnay

  1. Robena Grant says:

    I used to drink Chardonnay, and it was always my first choice in a wine. Don’t know why I moved to the reds. : ) I don’t recall if I’ve ever tried any of these but I’m inclined to taste that Edna Valley. Maybe I’ll even make crab cakes!!!

  2. Wow, Christine – all three “very drinkable” wines. Great to know. Since I’m a tight-wad, I’ll go for Geyser Peak! LOL.

    Did I miss a book cover reveal? Must scroll through prior blogs…

  3. Okay, so I *never* drank coffee until recently (and now it’s a cafe mocha or mocha latte, but hey, that counts, right?), so what kind of wine would you recommend for a girl who doesn’t really like wine? Something light and fruity?

    Have a happy weekend!

  4. Hi Christine;

    I always feel like a culinary failure when I read your wine blogs. You even manage to make Costco meals sound appetizing! Wait! I love Costco’s ready-to-eat ribs! I think it’s the extras you add to your meal that make them sound so tasty.

    I’m not a Chardonnay fan, but I may have to reconsider after this post!

    • Kathy, you’re so funny! I’m anything but a culinary whiz…I just like tasty stuff, lol! And Costco does a great job with those ready-to-eat meats…I’ll have to try the ribs.

  5. Roz Lee says:

    I’m not a wine drinker, but I still read your blog posts and find myself wishing I was a wine drinker! LOL You make it all sound so good. Too bad my taste buds don’t agree!

    • The folks that don’t drink wine that read this blog just amaze me! Thanks so much Roz for being there. Maybe you have taste buds like my dad’s – he says he prefers his grapes fresh, not rotten, lol! (Of course, he doesn’t drink any alcohol, so there’s that!)

  6. PJ Sharon says:

    They all sound yummy, Christine. Thanks for the tips!

  7. Maria says:

    I’ve been totally getting into the Chardonnays and Pinot Grigios. These all sound delicious.

  8. They all sound so lovely.

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