Wednesday, May 11, 2016

A Lesson on Chardonnay

Enjoy Chardonnay with The Paso Robles Wine Club

With nearly 200 wineries on California’s Central Coast, Paso Robles Wine Country is a great place for both visitors and locals to learn about wine. A Paso Robles Wine Club Membership, provides the opportunity to taste some of the best wines from our area, while learning about various types and styles of wine. It’s no wonder that Paso Robles is a popular destination for people who are interested in advancing their palates by going wine tasting and it’s true—to learn the most about wine, one needs to taste wine.

One of the most popular grape varietals is Chardonnay, which first originated in the Burgundy region of France, but is now grown worldwide. Chardonnay is a green, thin skinned grape that does best in a limestone or chalk soil and depending on the climate, can vary widely in taste. Grown in colder climates, it’s fresh—crisp and lean, while in warmer climates, such as that on California’s Central Coast, the flavors are more tropical and include mango, banana, and melon.

What to serve with Chardonnay:

Chardonnay is a versatile as it is reliable and with warmer weather just around the corner, Chardonnay pairs exceptionally well with the seasonal menu and is affordable at every price point. Pair it as follows:

Chablis: Wine is truly an agricultural product, well-evidenced by Chablis which has a characteristic mineral quality due to the limestone and chalk soils that the Chardonnay vines thrive on and if the origin is French, can have discernable nuances of lemon, making it perfect to pair with oysters. However, Chablis—no matter the origin—it well-paired with raw or lightly grilled seafood and other delicate dishes.

Fruity Chardonnay: Pair Chardonnay with notes of peaches and melons, or tropical fruits, such as ripe bananas, pineapple, and mango with salmon, chicken salads with fruit, even ham and cheese sandwiches.

Oaked Chardonnay: Perfect for the cooler autumn weather and delicious with pumpkin ravioli, grilled veal chops, rich fish, and cheddar cheese. Oaked Chardonnays also go well with late summer vegetables, too, including, corn and red peppers.


Learning about grape varietals is part of developing your wine palate. One of the best ways to learn which wines pair best with various dishes is to taste as many different wines as you can and the best way to do that is by joining The Paso Robles Wine Club. You’ll receive regular shipments of Chardonnay, and other wines from the Paso Robles Wine Region that are hand-selected and delivered to your door. You’ll enjoy pairing the wines with your favorite foods and sharing your discoveries with both friends and family.

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