July is National Picnic Month and there's no better way to celebrate than sharing this mouthwatering wine and food pairing with friends at your next picnic gathering.
With the gorgeous weather in wine country, getting outdoors for a picnic is an absolute must this summer - Simply spread out a blanket on the grass, uncork a bottle of good wine, and bring along munchies to share!
Today, I'm sharing one of my go-to wine and food pairings that's perfect for picnics or other summertime gatherings, like graduations, birthdays, wine nights, or pool parties.
Kendall-Jackson recently released the latest vintage of their AVANT Unoaked Chardonnay just in time for summer and at $17 a bottle, it's serious summer white wine #goals. Refreshing and lively, with notes of pineapple, pear, and crisp green apple, this wine is a total crowdpleaser and food-friendly to boot.
The grapes hail from vineyards that span coastal California, with 47% coming from Monterey County, 39% from Santa Barbara County, and 14% from Mendocino County. Totally unoaked and fermented in 100% stainless steel... it's not like a regular Chardonnay, it's a cool Chardonnay.
For the food component of the pairing, I looked to the Kendall-Jackson culinary team and their cookbook, Season, which pays homage to the seasonality and abundance of fresh, local produce grown here in Sonoma County.
The recipe for Spring Bean Crostini with Breakfast Radishes and Chevoo Goat Cheese jumped out while I was sifting through the pages one day - It's the perfect complementary appetizer for the AVANT Unoaked Chardonnay because the creaminess and tang of the Chevoo goat cheese softens the acidity in the Chardonnay. The Chardonnay and crostini together are such a killer combo!
What style of Chardonnay do you usually go for? Have you tried the AVANT Chardonnay before? This duo is sure to please at your next picnic, so pick up a copy of Season for this recipe and more like it, and definitely let me know if you try it!
Disclaimer: Paid partnership with Kendall-Jackson. All writing and opinions are my own.