Chardonnays tend to pair exceptionally well with risotto, pasta, paella and chicken, while unoaked varieties take shellfish and other fish dishes to a whole new level of sublime. A rich, barrel-fermented chardonnay can even stand up beautifully with a good steak.
So, as the temperatures begin to dip, don’t hold back from pulling out a bottle of chardonnay in front of a roaring fire - it’s one of the few whites that’s just at home in winter as it is beside the pool in summer.
WADE BALES’ CURRENT TOP 5 CHARDONNAYS:
Colmant Cap Classique Brut Chardonnay NV
Lively bubbles carry flavours of vivacious – and typical – citrus zest, set against a creamy backdrop of minerality. It is the epitome of chardonnay expression – fine, elegant and fresh.