Chateau Montelena * Chardonnay * 2013

Gold glitter hat, check. Running shoes, check. Cake and bubbly, check and check! On paper I am prepped and ready for my 30th birthday on Friday. In reality, though, that’s not the case. I sat down with a glass of wine Thursday night as I tried to make my peace with the demise of my 20s. 

The best thing about this wine: Fantastic alternative to butter bomb Chardonnay
Available at: Omaha Wine Company
By the bottle: $50
Pairs well with: fish, lighter fare

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Chateau Montelena * Chardonnay * 2013

Canyon Road * Chardonnay * 2015

20170505_155344This week I had a close friend of mine pass away. What she thought was arthritis, turned out to be cancer. She found out 3 months ago it was a mass and quickly went downhill. We met in 2002 and right away we became partners in crime. She was fun, spunky and lived life to the fullest. Today I rode my bike to Old Chicago to clear my head. After my first beer in her honor,  I decided to order a glass of Canyon Road Chardonnay.

The best thing about this wine: Light, clean and refreshing.
Available at: Old Chicago
By the glass: $5.29
Pairs well with: Grilled chicken, lighter pasta dishes or mild cheeses.
Winery Web Page: http://www.canyonroadwinery.com

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Canyon Road * Chardonnay * 2015

Butternut * Chardonnay * 2015

20170502_183413When I first started drinking wine I was working for a high end golf resort as the Membership Director. I frequently had to put together activities for the members, including wine events. Everyone around me drank red so that is all I knew. To this day, I rarely drink white wines. Monday night, I joined my good friend Kate for dinner at her home. She only drinks white wine, so it seemed like a perfect opportunity to try something different. We sat out on her deck, overlooking a different golf course, and I tried a glass at her recommendation: Butternut Chardonnay.

The best thing about this wine: Buttery, full of flavor and great for a hot day.
Available at: HyVee
By the bottle: $18.99 *Currently on sale for $9.99
Pairs well with: Crab cakes, spinach dip or fresh vegetables
Winery Web Page: http://bnawinegroup.com/brands/butternut

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Butternut * Chardonnay * 2015