I admit it: I’m one of those “anything but Chardonnay” people. I know, I know, I based my opinion on just a couple of super-oakey Chards that I tasted years ago and, since then, haven’t given any more bottles of it a chance. Shame on me. As a blogger who writes about wine multiple times a week I really need to keep my mind open and my taste buds exercised, even with Chardonnay. And so, last weekend while I had the extreme pleasure of wine tasting at Ponte Winery on a perfectly sunny Sunday, I selected the newly released 2011 Chardonnay as my first wine. If Ponte had a back, I’d have patted it right then and there. I was shocked at how much I enjoyed it. With vanilla and apple aromas, it tasted of tropical fruits and caramel before giving way to a soft oak finish. Not too buttery, but just right. I found myself taking tiny sips just to savor every drop from that tasting pour. It was my favorite of the afternoon. Because of Chardonnay’s reputation, one might consider it to be more of a fall or winter white, but there are so many summery things this vintage would pair well with, such as rounds of fresh goat cheese, grilled pork tenderloin, sesame-glazed salmon and lemon meringue pie. You simply MUST try it.
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–What wine have you been surprised to enjoy?