Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape which originates in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France. Its success as the most popular white wine, aside from its attributes, are now grown not only in France, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and England. This line of grape is popular with wine producers because it produces high yields, and its low maintenance vines will grow in a broad spectrum of climates. The Australian and New Zealand Chardonnays are noted for their butterscotch and golden syrup flavours. In addition, Chardonnays boast an impressive range of flavours from the expected buttered, oak overtones to the fruity flavours of apple, pear, melon which creates a lasting palate impression.
Chardonnay will pair well with poultry dishes, pork or seafood, especially with Digby scallops. Recipes which have a heavy cream or butter base will also pair well.
Cab Sav is best paired with red meats, flavourful and heartier (red) pastas, in particular, penne arrabiata, strong-flavoured cheeses and dark chocolates.
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