Well, it’s that time of the year. The Florida weather is turning warmer and warmer … and my wine selection is growing lighter and lighter. Especially when we’re hanging out on the deck.
For dinner I made a Sweet Corn and Potato Chowder. What wine should I choose as it’s pairing? I had a Vouvray that I was really eying, but it’s a 1996 and I wanted to save that for another night. So, I went for Chardonnay. A 2014 Ramey Ritchie Vineyard to be exact.
This wine is fabulous! On the nose are Meyer lemon and white flowers. The palate is gloriously complex with pear, peach, honeydew melon and a touch of oak. There is definitely a richness, but the great acidity balances the wine beautifully.
The pairing??? Well not great, but that’s my fault. The corn was even sweeter than I’d expected and clashed with the acidity of the wine. Note to self: Taste the dang food before I chose the wine! What was I thinking? Apparently, I wasn’t.
The wine DID pair beautifully with the buttery, garlicy brioche croutons that I served on top of the chowder, so that was a plus. And it will pair beautifully with a lot of other things, including just sitting on the deck and enjoying the sunset!
All in all, the evening was a success. The wine was fabulous and we finished the bottle while sitting on the deck after a long day’s work!
To learn more about this wine, David Ramey and Ramey Wine Cellars, check out their site here: https://www.rameywine.com