About This Wine
Genetic studies have identified Chardonnay as a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc.
Historical references note California plantings of Chardonnay dating back to the late 1800s, but production remained limited because of its low yields. Back then, quantity was considered more important than quality. Most Chardonnay vineyards were uprooted during Prohibition when growers replaced them with thick-skinned varieties that could be shipped cross-country.
Fortunately, small plantings in the Livermore Valley and Santa Cruz Mountains survived Prohibition. However, it was not until the 1970s and thereafter that Chardonnay plantings boomed as the wine became increasingly popular. Today, it’s America’s favorite white wine.
It's easy to understand why when you taste the 2011 Chardonnay from Cross Creek Winery. While fermented completely dry, it projects a touch of sweetness because of its bright fruit flavors. As a tasting panel member noted, it’s the kind of wine one wants to share with friends — but only very good ones.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:Chardonnay and Other White Varieties
- Grape Source:Select Vineyards in Various California Growing Regions
- Aromas & Flavors:Apple, Pear, Tropical Fruit, Melon and Citrus
- When to Drink:Now Through 2014
- Food Pairing Suggestiongarlic-infused dishes, or lemon chicken.
Old World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards & Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal, or any meal. Get The Recipe
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The RecipeRoasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto If you're a white wine drinker, here's another recipe that gets its flavor, in part, from garlic: Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto. Begin by roasting some garlic in foil with olive oil for about an hour, and set it aside. Dice a quarter-cup of Prosciutto and saute with four tablespoons of olive oil and some minced shallots for about 15... Get The Recipe