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Chardonnay Wine Pairing

This popular and versatile grape thrives in many different climates so the wine is produced in many parts of the world. The wine can be soft and subtle or rich, buttery and full-bodied. In warmer regions, aromas can include ripe pears, melon and pineapple. It adapts well to oak, which adds scents of vanilla, butter, cedar, smoke and spice. However, the wine is sometimes criticized for having too much oak and alcohol. In cooler regions, and especially with unoaked styles, the wine is more lean and acidic and offers notes of green apples, lemon and lime. In Burgundy, chardonnay makes some of the world's finest whites, referred to by their regions, such as Meursault, Chablis and Pouilly-Fuissé. Chardonnay will pair well with rich dishes such as roast chicken, lobster in butter sauce, corn dishes, beef bourguignonne, breads, cheese, chicken and poultry, egg dishes, Asian dishes with black bean sauces, pork, seafood or recipes that have a cream base.

Chardonnay Wine with appetizers:

     • ricotta: baked on toast
     • avocado

Chardonnay Wine with beef:

     • steak, grilled
     • tourtiere
     • bison steak
     • beef bourguignonne
     • steak, prime rib
     • beef
     • shepherd's pie

Chardonnay Wine with breads:

     • challah (egg bread)
     • baguette: French
     • bread: Tuscan
     • bread: rustic
     • bread: buttermilk cheese
     • bread: potato
     • multi-grain
     • sourdough

Chardonnay Wine with cheese:

     • Cabri de Parthenay
     • Chabichou du Poitou
     • Chevreton du Bourbonnais
     • Clacbitou
     • Camembert with Calvados
     • Coeur de Thiérache
     • Epoisses de Bourgogne
     • Langres
     • Morbier
     • Pierre qui Vire
     • Romans Part Dieu
     • Salers
     • Trou du Cru
     • Affidelice au Chablis
     • Calva d'Auge
     • Coeur de Rollot
     • Maconnais
     • Mothais sur Feuille
     • Emmental Grand Cru
     • Poiset au Marc
     • Sarment
     • Valencay
     • cheese sandwich: grilled
     • Oka
     • colby
     • cheddar: bacon
     • cheddar: mild
     • cheddar: medium
     • cheddar: sharp: 1 year - 4 years
     • cheddar: sharp: 5 years - 12 years
     • sweet constantine
     • swiss: baby
     • monterey jack
     • emmenthal
     • gruyeres
     • chaource
     • brie
     • fondue: cheese
     • cheese dishes in general
     • swiss
     • gouda

Chardonnay Wine with chicken/poultry:

     • chicken: fried
     • turkey with heavy sauces
     • goose
     • chicken: marinated on the grill
     • turkey, roasted
     • duck a l'orange
     • turkey
     • chicken with creamy sauces
     • chicken with lemon/citrus sauces
     • chicken: grilled
     • poultry
     • chicken
     • chicken/turkey tetrazzini, cream casserole
     • chicken: roast
     • turkey burgers
     • turkey scaloppini
     • turkey, chicken sausage, mild
     • turkey, chicken sausage, spicy
     • partridge
     • chicken club sandwich
     • chicken with pancetta & herbs
     • chicken francese
     • turkey, fried
     • turkey, roasted with gravy

Chardonnay Wine with desserts:

     • chocolate: French vanilla
     • short bread

Chardonnay Wine with egg dishes:

     • eggs: scrambled
     • eggs
     • quiche
     • quiche: asparagus

Chardonnay Wine with ethnic dishes:

     • croque monsieur
     • duck: peking
     • shrimp: Thai
     • nut sauce dishes
     • sushi
     • Thai dishes
     • curry: coconut: mild
     • curry: green: Thai
     • curries: creamy
     • black bean sauces: with Asian dishes
     • peanut sauce dishes
     • chicken salad: Chinese
     • curries: mild
     • pierogies
     • soup: matzo ball
     • kugel with potato
     • ono and lobster tail with herbs: Peruvian
     • chicken: mourgh: Afghan
     • chicken souvlaki with rice and salad
     • Pacific Rim dishes
     • shrimp: coconut: Thai
     • chicken: stewed: Ethiopian

Chardonnay Wine with goat:

     • goat

Chardonnay Wine with pasta:

     • couscous
     • risotto with butternut squash
     • macaroni & cheese
     • pasta with cream-based sauce
     • pasta salad
     • lasagna: vegetable
     • pasta with tomato seafood sauces
     • pasta with oil based sauces
     • pasta with alfredo sauce
     • risotto: vegetable
     • pasta with primavara sauce
     • pasta with vodka sauce
     • pasta with pesto sauce
     • pasta with artichokes & pancetta

Chardonnay Wine with pizza:

     • pizza: cheese
     • pizza: white
     • pizza: California
     • pizza: meat lover's
     • pizza: seafood
     • pizza: fungi
     • pizza: cheese and onions

Chardonnay Wine with pork:

     • pork chops with maple glaze
     • sausage: spicy
     • spam
     • ham

Chardonnay Wine with sauces, spices, herbs:

     • sauce: wine reduction: wine-based marinade
     • basil
     • anise, fennel
     • sauce: butter, beurre blanc
     • sauce: cheese: mornay, alfredo
     • dressings: cheesy: blue cheese
     • cilantro
     • dressings: creamy: 1000 island, ranch
     • curry powder
     • sauce: hollandaise
     • sauce: mustard
     • sauce: pesto
     • rosemary
     • saffron
     • sauce: savory fruit , relish, chutney, fruit salsa
     • sauce: seafood: cream-based
     • sauce: marinade: spicy
     • tarragon
     • sauce: tartar
     • vinaigrette
     • cardamom
     • chili
     • cloves
     • fennel
     • garlic
     • ginger
     • marjoram
     • sage
     • thyme
     • turmeric
     • chervil
     • cayenne pepper

Chardonnay Wine with seafood & shellfish:

     • clam chowder: cream base
     • salmon: poached
     • shrimp, clams, oysters: fried
     • oysters: raw
     • sole
     • salmon with herbs
     • seafood casserole
     • crab cakes with spicy tartar sauce
     • lobster with mayonnaise
     • salmon: wild with hollandaise sauce
     • seafood platter
     • sole: Dover: grilled
     • coquilles st. jacques
     • lobster with lemon & tarragon butter
     • bass: grilled
     • seafood/shellfish with butter or cream sauces
     • bass: striped
     • tuna with rosemary & citrus
     • ceviche
     • fishcakes
     • shrimp salad
     • salmon: grilled
     • shrimp cocktail
     • scallops
     • shellfish
     • trout with almonds
     • crab
     • lobster
     • oysters
     • shrimp
     • salmon
     • tuna
     • fish: white-fleshed
     • lobster thermidore
     • fish in creamy sauces

Chardonnay Wine with snacks:

     • popcorn

Chardonnay Wine with soups & stews:

     • soup: french onion
     • soup: chicken
     • soup: vegetable

Chardonnay Wine with turkey holiday dinner:

     • turducken
     • turkey: roast: gravy
     • turkey soup
     • turkey: dark meat
     • dressing: oyster
     • potatoes: mashed: buttery
     • onions: creamed
     • squash
     • gravy: giblet
     • succotash
     • potatoes: mashed
     • corn
     • corn: creamed
     • turkey sausage: spicy
     • Tofurkey

Chardonnay Wine with veal:

     • veal
     • veal blanquette
     • veal: breaded cutlets
     • veal marsala
     • veal shanks/osso buco

Chardonnay Wine with vegetables & salads:

     • squash dishes
     • leeks
     • potato cakes (kugel)
     • guacamole
     • pea soup
     • mushroom soup
     • asparagus
     • artichokes
     • vegetable terrine
     • salad: avocado
     • corn on the cob
     • vegetables: roast
     • avocado mousse
     • salad: chicken
     • vegetables: grilled
     • mushrooms
     • potatoes
     • salad: chef
     • salad: cobb
     • potato soups
     • salad: caesar
     • broccoli mornay
     • vegetables: stir-fried
     • salads: green
     • squash: baked
     • pickles
     • salad: Greek
     • pumpkin
     • mushrooms: button
     • mushrooms: oyster
     • mushrooms: chanterelle


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