Chardonnay-Friendly Recipes

Chardonnay, the top-selling wine in America by FAR, has fallen out of favor with a certain group of avid wine drinkers.  That certain group would be those in the industry – Sommeliers, retailers, distributors, and many producers. Of course, none of them will admit it, as Chardonnay pays many of their salaries.  But when it […]

Spring Has Sprung – Notes from a wine club shipment

Spring came early to wine country this year.  As I write this, the short-lived lupines are out in abundance, providing a purple-blue stage for the prima-donna golden poppies springing up in their midst.  And in the vineyards, bud break came early too.  Now the growers are sweating out the possibility of frosts for another month […]

Wine-Friendly Recipe: Pork “Stew” with Andouille Sausage, Lardon and Mushrooms

Most winter stews feature beef and pair with red wine.  This refreshing alternative features pork and pairs with a Chablis or unoaked Chardonnay (see all my available Chardonnay’s here).  Equally warming during cold winter months, but less fatty.   Ingredients (6 Servings)– 3 lbs Boneless pork shoulder– 2 Andouille sausage, cut into thirds– 6 Ozs […]

Chicken Cordon Bleu with Caramelized Shallot Sauce

Chicken Cordon Bleu was one of my go-to dishes in my nascent days as a bachelor cook. I called on this recipe whenever I needed to impress! Perfect with a new world Pinot Noir.

“Runaway” Chicken Chowder

Though its bright orange color makes this a perfect Halloween dish, its belly-warming, bowl-licking popularity argues for making it throughout the winter months!

Review: 1997 Kistler Chardonnay, Cuvee Catherine

Caramel and toasted nuts and more nuts.  And almost the color of an amber ale.  Not much fruit left, and none of the verve and subtle minerality she had in her youth.  Such was the 1997 Kistler Chardonnay (Cuvee Catherine) we opened last night.  At least, that’s my story, and I’m stikin’ to it. The […]