Calling all food and wine aficionados! This season, try pairing your holiday menu with California Chardonnays! Not only will white wine prevent all those holiday stains from happening, but you will also be cooking and pairing with classic autumn flavors.

We looked at three Californian vineyards that offered seasonal-inspired flavors with their chardonnays to add some fun to your holiday menu. Here are some great Chardonnay and food pairings to consider for your upcoming celebrations.

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Sebastiani Butterfield Station Chardonnay (2019)

Sebastiani Butterfield Station Chardonnay (2019) is a smooth, aromatic white wine that transports you to the vineyards of Sonoma Valley. This world-famous wine varietal is a light straw color with an aroma of baked apples, vanilla, and buttered toast.

The mouthfeel is generous and round, with layered flavors of crème brûlée, ripe pear and baking spices. The end result is rich and creamy, with lasting hints of butterscotch.

SRP $20.00

Suggested Pairings

Bring out the crisp acidity and subtle sweetness in this delicious varietal of California Chardonnay with this inspirational menu!

Appetizer

Lobster Risotto, smoked gouda garlic crustinis

Entrée

Pork tenderloin, apple cider reduction, roasted brussels sprouts, pomegranate, bacon

Dessert

Cinnamon Butter Pecan Ice Cream

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Domaine Anderson 2019 Estate Chardonnay

Wines, like any other cuisine, should be selected with care to enhance a meal and provide the perfect accompaniment to an event. Domaine Anderson 2019 Estate Chardonnay is the ideal choice for meeting these criteria. Its complex flavor combines citrus and apple notes with a delicate acidity that will both refresh your palate and complement dishes that are mild, buttery, or creamy.

SRP $35.99

Hosting a party? Consider the pairing menu below to wow your guests!

Appetizers

Grilled Artichoke, sharp blue cheese crumbles

Entrée

  • Roasted Chicken, candied carrots, grilled asparagus, rice pilaf

Dessert

Crème Brûlée

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Vina Robles 2020 Chardonnay

Vina Robles 2020 Chardonnay is a complex medium-bodied wine with fruit-forward notes of golden apple and lemon. Its creamy texture is elegantly layered with nutty flavors, and its vibrant acidity enhances its ability to pair well with dishes like fish, poultry or pasta.

SRP $25.99

Try this menu with the Vina Robles 2020 Chardonnay to be sure to win over your foodie friends with an unforgettable taste!

Appetizer

Baked Brie, raspberry chutney, crustini sticks

Entrée

Maple-marinated Grilled Salmon, sautéed mushrooms, charred cauliflower, wild black rice

Dessert

Honey-drizzled roasted pears, vanilla creme, mint garnish

 

Put California Chardonnays On Your List

The holidays are a great time to explore new wines and experiment with different flavors. Chardonnays are perfect for holiday dinners and parties because they are complex but approachable, and can be paired with a variety of dishes.

Next time you’re planning your holiday menu, make sure to include one of these delicious West Coast whites on your wine list. Cheers!