I recently had a craving for some roasted chicken, and not wanting to miss the opportunity for an exquisite pairing, I decided to pop open a bottle of none other than Franciscan Estate Winery’s luscious 2013 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay. This incredible wine was a match made in heaven for the roasted chicken dish I prepared from Ina Garten’s recipe collection on Food Network.
On the nose, Franciscan Estate’s 2013 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay boasts creamy aromatics out of our Feast it Forward Stolzle glass; truly proving the glassware mission statement, “The Glass Does Make A Difference”. Aromas of crème brulée, vanilla bean and pear intoxicate the senses. On the palate, that impressive weight in the aromas is translated to the body of the wine; it is creamy, silky and round with a myriad of flavors. You’ll love the way this wine tastes out of the elegant Stolzle glass, full of soft fruit notes of pear, pineapple and green apple—mingling with notes of caramel, vanilla and lemon meringue pie. After sitting in the glass a while, the wine opens up to further notes of more tart green apple and hazelnuts.
Pair this delicious, decadent Chardonnay with this Perfect Roast Chicken recipe from Ina Garten (one of my personal favorite chefs for fabulous online recipes!), and you’ve got yourself a fantastic dinner—a great option for when you have a couple of hours on a weekend night to prepare something truly delicious.
I highly recommend using the giblets that come with the chicken to make a homemade batch of gravy for this meal. The gravy really brings the entire pairing together, creating that creamy bridge between the luscious wine and the moist chicken. This Proper Giblet Gravy recipe is fantastic and will surely win over your family and friends as they sit down to enjoy this delicious dinner.
You will just love how the texture of the Franciscan Estate 2013 Cuvée Sauvage Chardonnay perfectly matches the succulent chicken and creamy gravy; the depth and richness of the gravy is so well-suited to the rich flavors and oak-influence of the wine. The fruit flavors in the wine also pleasantly provide a bit of contrast to the roasted, earthy flavors of the chicken and vegetables—making this pairing very well rounded and enjoyable on many levels.
I recommend slicing the roasted chicken and serving with the vegetables atop a bed of rice, then pouring that yummy, homemade gravy over the entire plate. Enjoy!
*Originally published on Feast it Forward.