Sip a Spring Classic: Chardonel
April 02, 2019
Hello April! Spring has sprung and many wine enthusiasts are trading in their reds for whites. Whether you’re picnicking in the park or relaxing inside while it rains, don’t forget to grab one of your favorite Missouri wines.
April is also Chardonel Month. Chardonel is a cross between Seyval Blanc and Chardonnay. The Missouri Chardonel is a classic white wine that ranges in style from dry to sweet. When aged in an oak barrel, the wine has a subtle spice but in stainless steel Chardonel has more of a citrus taste.
One of our favorite things about Chardonel is how food friendly it is. Spring is a great time to fire up that grill and Chardonel pairs well with grilled chicken and fish like trout and halibut. It also pairs well with smoked pork, portabella mushrooms, gouda and Monterey jack cheeses, apples and even vanilla pudding.
Chardonel accounts for only 3.9% of all grapes grown in Missouri, but don’t let that number fool you, the grapes are highly productive and durable to our Show-Me State’s frigid temperatures.
Enjoy the season and sip a spring classic - Chardonel.