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Qupe Chardonnay: Seafood pairing with style

Posted on: June 21st, 2019 by Tom Peiffer No Comments

When seafood is on the menu, wine pairing often comes to the forefront as a “make it or break it” situation. This makes having a list of wines that are more sure bets with seafood very important, especially when pulling off an elaborate meal.

Qupe Chardonnay

Even though Chardonnay is normally considered a go-to wine for serving along with a variety a seafood dishes, it is important to keep in mind that not all Chards are created equal. This is especially true with their tartness or “acid balance”.

There are countless references about how a winemaker can move Chardonnays all over the flavor charts using various fermentation styles. So, when picking your favorite brand to rack, there a couple of things to note, the region it comes from and the winery that is in charge of the process!

Qupè is noted for their Rhone Varietals, but they do produce others, like Chardonnay. This includes Syrah (future article on that). However, Chardonnay remains one of their passions. With wine lovers becoming more educated (hopefully more discerning) about the nuances of Chardonnay, this focus couldn’t come at a better time.

For the 2018 vintage of the “LA Dodgers” (sorry Diamondback’s fans) Santa Barbara Chardonnay, it starts out with a nice bouquet having a little crème brulèe oak, oranges, and a just enough apple to enhance the blend on the nose. Exhibiting a body of more apples and orange, this selection’s delicately balanced acidity makes seafood pairing a snap.

The “LA Dodgers” is definitely one to keep on hand (especially if you follow the Dodgers) and grab up during the July celebration preparations coming up! The wide range of pairing opportunities will take you from delicate scallops right on through grilled salmon and chicken.

This LA namesake is easy to get in the Phoenix area at Total Wine stores for under $20. The 2018 vintage is just now coming into stores, but the 2017 is just as versatile. Of course, there is also their Reserve which is really perfect direct from the winery for $30.

About the Author - Tom Peiffer

Tom has been an avid wine consumer and collector for over 20 years. This pastime has taken he and his family on many visits to wine growing regions, including Arizona. During these excursions, with the accompanying tastings and lectures, it became clear that there is no "magic bullet" wine. For each wine contains its own character, strong points, and weaknesses. Sharing these experiences to help anyone purchase locally available wines is his goal.

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