St. Francis Winery 2010 Chardonnay & Salmon

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Depending on how old you are, you may remember classic television matchmaker game shows like The Dating Game and The Love Connection. Well, here at My Vine Spot, I’m looking to marry food and wine and make a savory connection on my blog show -- The Wine Connection. Today, everything is changing and with the modern technologies you can buy delicious food and wine online, but some things never change, and they are good wine and good food going together in perfect harmony. Generally speaking, the right food and wine pairing can be a match made in heaven, bringing out the best in both food and wine. It can also be a not-so-pleasant experience, producing underwhelming, even undesirable flavors. There are really no hard rules, but common sense should be applied; and first and foremost, your satisfaction and enjoyment is essential – and really, all that matters.

 St. Francis 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay

When I’m in the mood for grilled salmon or tuna, a fuller-bodied Chardonnay or an elegant Pinot Noir usually tops my list – even though, there are many other good suitors out there. With that being said, there are also suitors that wouldn’t work so well. For example, a heavy, dominating red wine would overwhelm even a fatty/flavorful dish like salmon or tuna. Conversely, a lean and light white wine wouldn’t be able to hold up its own flavor against such a dish.

 Another successful "Wine Connection!"

For this connection, I paired a bottle of St. Francis 2010 Sonoma County Chardonnay with grilled garlic dijon herb salmon fillets. The wine is aged [sur-lie] for six months in 75% French and 25% American oak barrels and undergoes partial malolactic fermentation (process of converting harsher malic acid to a softer lactic acid). The result is a medium-to-fuller bodied and fairly rich wine that offers honeydew melon, ripe pear and subtle baking spice aromas with almond and hazelnut like undertones. The aromas carry over onto the palate with fresh, balancing acidity and a dash of spice in the medium length finish. This wine, in my opinion, hits its sweet spot at cellar temperature (about 55ºF); which accentuates its flavors, warm spice, and curvaceous body. The wine complements the creaminess and texture of the fish and brings out its flavors. In closing, this is nice juice for $15 and a pairing you should consider trying – especially if you like salmon and Chardonnay. And don’t forget the temperature tip! Cheers!

 Sweet Spot for a fuller-bodied, rich Chardonnay

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