Schools have started up again, cooler winds are blowing in, and Macy’s has their Halloween displays out, reminding all of us that summer is coming to a close. Those crunchy-leaf vibes and shorter days often make us reach towards the cabernets, zinfandels, and merlots. But what happens to the forgotten white wines once those cooler temps hit?
Answer: nothing! The white wines are still there, ready to drink, and ready to pair with your favorite fall flavors. While you may have to store your white jeans after Labor Day, make sure to have our newly released Just Enough Wines Chardonnay on hand.
At the first sip of our new 2020 vintage, you’ll want to Chardonnay the day away! Hailing from the Edna Valley region in the Central Coast of California, this delightful Chardonnay has notes of vibrant lemon zest, refreshing pears, and a crisp vanilla tart. If you love sitting back and relaxing with your favorite book in hand, this Chardonnay is the perfect match for you. Keep reading to learn more about this stunner and for some fantastic fall pairings with our 2020 Just Enough Chardonnay.
Appetizer: Crab Cakes
Chardonnay loves light seafood, and seafood loves the creamy goodness of Chardonnay. Check out these perfectly pan-fried crab cakes to kick off an ideal fall party, meal, or tailgate. Pop open a couple cans of Just Enough Chardonnay and make a toast to the new season!
Salad: Spinach Salad with Candied Pecans, Beets, and Goat Cheese
If you’re looking for a festive and comforting salad to pair with Just Enough, try out a spinach salad, like this one. There are dozens of ways to top off a spinach salad, but we suggest adding goat cheese, candied pecans, and lightly roasted beets to give off all the yummy, cozy flavors of fall. The subtle pear notes of Just Enough Chardonnay will blend exquisitely with the beets and will provide a nice sweetness to counteract the tart flavors of goat cheese.
Entrée: Autumn Chowder
Moving right along to an entrée: an autumn chowder is an amazing way to enjoy a white wine and the flavors of fall all at the same time. With bacon, potatoes, corn, carrots, cheese, and chicken broth, each flavor will bring out something different and fantastic in our Just Enough Chardonnay. It’s comfort food from the very first bite. If you live in Northern California, make sure you stop by the Coastal Kitchen at Dillon Beach Resort for some delicious fall chowder!
Dessert: Apple Crisp
Oh wow, this pairing is fall in a nutshell (especially if you add nuts to the crisp). Vanilla and pear flavors in each sip of the Chardonnay complement the brown sugar crisp topping, and the bright, sharp flavors of apples. Taste buds are happy, tummy is happy, soul is happy.
With the versatility in its pairings, it's no surprise that Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the industry. Add these recipes to your cookbook, pair them with our 2020 Just Enough Chardonnay, and let us know what you think! We hope you enjoy these incredible flavor combinations as much as we do. Cheers!