My internet (and cable) is down at home. I wanted to post a recipe today, but this technical hitch, thanks to Time Warner, won’t be corrected until Thursday. Thursday! Outrageous! As a result, this effectively puts recipes on hold until then. Anyway, I thought I would do a quick wine review during my lunch just to whet your palates (pun intended).
The 2006 C. Donatiello Winery Chardonnay is a tasty, summer white that I enjoyed over last Memorial weekend. It sells retail for $23.99, but I was able to pick it up on sale for $13.33 from www.winelibrary.com . Current wine-searcher.com prices show that it can be found under $20. Unfortunately for my peeps in MI, you can’t purchase wines from an out-of-state retailer, but I bet you can find it locally.
Here is my tasting note:
“Aromas of sour apples and butter. On the palate, butter popcorn jelly bellies (in a good way) upfront, a little sour apple on the mid-palate and finish. Nice acidity for a chard with a fairly long finish. Excellent QPR! VanVino Score 91/100.”
I enjoyed the C. Donatiello chard with a new Nikki creation of mashed potato, spinach, and feta stuffed crepes with red wine sautéed Portobello mushrooms on top. The acid from the chard balanced perfectly with the mashed potato, spinach, and feta stuffing. Also, the buttery popcorn flavor went well with the mashed potatoes. I was concerned that the red wine flavors imparted in the mushrooms were going to clash with the wine, but they worked well together. Overall, it was an excellent pairing.
The Wine Stats
Winery: C. Donatiello Winery
Appellation: Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
Retail Price: $23.99
Available Price: Under $20
When was the last time you had a chardonnay? What kind of chard? What did you pair it with? Your comments and feedback are always welcomed, nay, desired.