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February 15, 2006

A Vote for Chilean Chardonnay

What a revelation! I've tasted and spat more California Chardonnays then I care to count. They are just so big and boozy and fruity-full of everything. Give me something cold and dry and bright with a grassy nose and I am a happy girl. That's just what we sipped on Valentine's Day with some grilled pork chops and sweet potatoes. No, that might not have been the most perfect Valentine's day dinner or the most perfect wine match, but we went for it anyway, since we had no Merlot in the house and we wanted to raid the fridge of the whites I had bought for my mom to try (oops, sorry mom). Note: I did some research and not only are whites fine with pork chops,the other white meat, but perfect if you grill and serve a little pineapple or fruit with them. I typically squeeze a lemon on my chops and then hit them with a little pepper before grilling.
Guilt drove me out to replace a bottle this morning so we can try even MORE Chards for review in future blogs. Anyhow, this Chardonnay we polished off last night is a 2004 Yelcho from Rapel Valley, Chile. (One of scads of wines from this area) I bought it for $6.99 at Whole Foods, along with another bottle of Chilean to try. I've not drank many bottles of Chilean white so i felt it was darn time to try.
Jim and I both liked this wine. I liked it a lot. "It's crisp," he said. "I taste the pear and it has a nice finish." I agreed. I love a Chardonnay that is bright, crisp and balanced with a light pear taste and a grassy fresh nose.
Very quaffable, I say (God, did I say that?) and very worth the $6.99. We'll see how the $10 bottle fares tonight. DUM DUMDUM DUM.

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Posted by Blogpire Productions at February 15, 2006 4:10 PM
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