TIP: Chardonnay typically balances fruit, acidity
and texture. This varietal goes well with everything from fish and
poultry to cheeses, spicy foods and nut sauces.
50°F / 10°C
Ideal serving temperature
Mendocino County 2003 ($15): a light
touch of oak sweetens the apple aromas and complements full-bodied
flavors of quince and clover honey; a complete wine that doesn’t
need size to make a statement.
Santa Barbara County 2003 ($8): the floral aromas
include incisive notes of cut celery and the sweetness in your mouth is
cut cleanly with zingy acidity that also buoys the texture and finish.
PATZ & HALL CHARDONNAY
Russian River Valley Dutton Ranch 2002 ($36):
a great example of the Patz & Hall style: superbly integrated fresh
fruit and oak flavors, an elegant structure underlying abundant stuffing,
and an expansive finish that makes you want more. Age-worthy.
Monterey County Sleepy Hollow Vineyard “Cuvee
Cynthia” 2001 ($45): rose gold in color and packed with pear and
quince jelly flavors that just manage to stand up to the toasted oak flavors;
might be best in 2-3 years.
Ballooning in Sonoma
What better way to experience the magnificent scenery and sweeping landscapes of Wine Country than from an enormous hot air balloon? Romantic, exotic, and exciting, ballooning is the perfect treat to complete a romantic weekend getaway.