Louis Latour, Chardonnay d’Ardèche

4/5 $8.99

Drinking this wine once again reaffirmed my belief that I actually do like Chardonnay, just keep me away from the California versions. I know that may be a large generalization, and I am totally up for someone to prove me wrong here, but the California Chards I’m used to pale in comparison to this bright version from France. The usual strong oakiness I associate with Chardonnay is replaced here with citrus, vanilla, crispness, and a smooth finish. While it could be drunk on its own (I mean what wine can’t in all honesty?), I do think it deserves a nice hunk of crusty bread and cheese to eat alongside. I actually shared this wine with a group of friends over a very veggie and fish-centric meal, which included lentil/grain dishes, goat cheese, dried fruit, and salmon. And from how well we thought it complemented each of our dishes, these types of foods do probably make the best pairing. So if your looking for a new white wine as we move into the warmer months (at no more than $11 a bottle), this is a great choice!

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Author:The Redheaded Wino

Advertising professional by day and wine drinker by night, often overwhelmed by the sheer choices in wine stores, I have a tendency to not drink the same wine twice. My biggest tip to all Amateur winos, never swirl the glass in your hand, you just look pretentious. Swirl it on the table and you'll never worry again about that favorite sweater having a big red wine stain on it.
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