Interested in finding out everything about the best Chardonnay food pairing? Let’s start from the beginning. Chardonnay wine is loved and praised around the world. It is the most versatile wine with a wide palette of varieties, flavors, and price ranges. One of the best characteristics of Chardonnay wine is that combined with the right meal, it can make every bite worth it.
Chardonnay wines are crisp and clean, or rich and oaky. They are made from green-skinned grapes that adapt to a variety of climates. That’s why you can drink a Chardonnay from France, the US, Italy, or New Zealand or enjoy fresh and crisp Australian Chardonnay or intriguing South African Chardonnay.
Chardonnay complements each meal with its rich, mild flavors so that they can taste even better. No matter if you are in a restaurant having dinner or at your place making dinner for your friends and family, proper wine food pairings will make a feast to remember out of any meal.
So, let’s see which food deserves a companion such as Chardonnay, and how you can make the most out of it.
Best Chardonnay food pairing
Pair Roast Chicken With Jordan Unoaked Chardonnay 2020.
The best fit: chicken in dijon mustard sauce
- Baked chicken, fried chicken, grilled chicken, or chicken with a cream sauce
- Sage-butter chicken
- Chicken salad with grapes
- Chicken in mustard sauce
Pair Fish and Seafood with Philip Shaw № 11 Chardonnay 2015
The best fit: any seafood or white fish
- Grilled and roasted salmon
- Grilled seafood of most kinds
- Seafood with butter and brown-butter sauces
- Steamed or grilled fish
Or pair it with Nutbourne Vineyards Chardonnay 2014.
Pair Cheese with Tokara Chardonnay 2018
The best fit: camembert cheese
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Pair Pasta with Cape Chamonix Unoaked Chardonnay
The best fit: all kinds with creamy sauces
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Pair vegetable dishes with Rutherford Hill Chardonnay
The best fit: corn and squash
- Green Peas
- White Beans
- Yams/Sweet Potatoes
Can you go wrong with Chardonnay food pairing?
There is nothing like a bad food pairing that could diminish even the best-tasted wine. The same goes with Chardonnay food pairing. Pair it with spicy or extra savory meals and you can end up drinking something like bitter alcoholic lemon water instead of the lovely sweet harmonious flavor that comes with Chardonnay.
When it comes to flavors specifically, Chardonnay is also known to be a relatively dry, medium-bodied white wine with refreshing notes of pear, guava, lemon-peel, and apple. This is one of the reasons why Chardonnay can’t fit the strong, spicy, or extra savory dishes. Not to mention freshly acidic food such as tomatoes or olives.
Chardonnay food pairing to avoid
If you decide to drink this delicious white wine, be sure to dismiss all intense spices such as chilies, turmeric, or any spice from Indian and Chinese cuisine. Turmeric for example will make the wine taste sour.
Moreover, avoid mixing Chardonnay with raw acidic vegetables such as capers, olives, tomatoes, or any sauces that have vinaigrettes in them. The same goes for high acidic cheese such as aged goat and sheep’s cheese.
How to enhance your Chardonnay experience?
Like all white wines, Chardonnay should also be served slightly chilled. Otherwise, you can have a glass of muddled alcohol instead of exquisite wine, yet if too cold, all the flavors come muted. You don’t want any of it.
You can make the most out of this wine if you place the bottle of Chardonnay for two hours in the refrigerator or in an ice-water bath for half an hour. If you don’t finish the bottle, replace the cork and stick (find out how to get a cork out properly) it back in the fridge. The flavors will stay fresh only for 2–4 days, after its use will only be good for cooking.
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One extra tip before you go
Any time you are in a restaurant and not sure which wine to go with, take this one rule of thumb – pair the Chardonnay with anything you might put butter on.
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