My parents are true wine connoisseurs. I grew up watching them drink specialty wines from around the world. The wine cellar in the basement always awed me as a child. I’d sometimes sneak down there and just look at all the bottle designs and their origins. Memories in the kitchen include having my Dad let me smell the wine and guide me towards what my olfactory senses should be identifying. Wine is made out of grapes, yes, but so many more factors combine to create a unique taste. The species of grape, the soil quality, the type of wood in the aging barrel…it all matters.
When I came of age to drink, my taste buds began to mature. At first, I could only handle Moscato and Reisling wines, fruiter varieties that are light and sweet. Though I’m beginning to venture into red wines, white wines are still my favorite to drink. Chardonnay in particular goes well with happyhour, with fish, or even just by itself.
Rombauer Vineyards in St. Helena, CA makes the most amazing Chardonnay I’ve ever sipped. The wine is smooth and buttery, with hints of fruit and wood.
As you can see, I just returned from Cape Cod where my parents were vacationing. We partook in a chilled bottle with our happyhour and baked fish (that post is coming soon)!
If you can find this wine for around $30.00 – $36.00 a bottle, you have yourself a good deal. This is a more expensive wine, but if you need to buy a white wine for a special occasion or if you just want to plain treat yourself, I highly recommend Rombauer Chardonnay.