The Ultimate Guide to Pairing Summer Barbecue Food and Wine
May 19, 2016
By Courtney Schiessl
Pair with: Unoaked (or slightly oaked) Chardonnay
Sweet, salty, buttery grilled corn needs a wine that will accent but not overwhelm its flavors, which is why Chardonnay aged in steel or old oak is natural match. Most unoaked Chardonnays still go through malolactic fermentation, creating a creamy, buttery texture, but without flavors of vanilla and baking spice that would overwhelm the corn. Cool to moderate climate regions such as Sonoma (particularly Sonoma Coast or Russian River Valley) or Maconnais are good sources for Chardonnay with no or very little oak.
- 2013 Inman Family Wines Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, CA
- 2014 FEL Chardonnay, Anderson Valley, CA