I have to tell you something. And you have to promise that you won't think less of me, ok?
I don't really like Chardonnay that much.
*cue the crickets*
Oh, I know, I know—I like this one. But most of the time, if I see Chardonnay on a wine list, I'm going to skip it.
I feel like there's something I'm missing, like with truffle oil. Everybody goes ga-ga over truffle oil, practically melting with giddiness anytime it's on a menu. And then there's me:
I dunno. I wonder if my palate is broken, like the owner of a local eatery told me once. I had inquired if his tarragon chicken salad was actually supposed to taste "that way"—which, I didn't say aloud, "that way" tasted like a rotting corpse (apparently, it was). Oops.
Anyway. After a tasting hosted by the awesome Dan Hutchinson of local wine haven The Wine Shoppe of Green Hills, I had a revelation:
💡 I Don't hate all Chardonnays—
I just dislike oaky Chardonnays. 💡
That, my friends, was a game-changer. Given my affinity for lighter whites, it all makes sense. So now I can go about my merry way and find some lightly-oaked to non-oaked Chardonnays and be pleased with my purchase.
Like with today's recommendation:
Francis Ford Coppola
Votre Santé Chardonnay 2013.
Light, buttery, and slightly oaky with a lovely pale-gold color, this wine's got a little minerality to it, along with lemon and vanilla notes. Medium-high alcohol content will make this a good accompaniment for rich meals—it lingers a bit on the tongue.
Coppola wines give you a lot of bang for your buck. This one clocks in at $15.99.
Something with a bit of richness or creaminess, like curry, carbonara, or salmon with a buttery sauce.