Staff Selections • Brian Krause

Winter Pick 2023

Red Tail Ridge Chardonnay

(Finger Lakes New York)

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The Finger Lakes region of upstate New York is best known for its fabulous Rieslings, a hearty vine that better tolerates cold winters and short growing seasons. Other grapes can be grown with care; this Chardonnay from Red Tail Ridge Winery is an excellent example. It’s a small production (about 1300 cases) using juice from two small vineyards on their 52-acre property.  

This is a completely unoaked chardonnay, better showcasing the delicate flavors of the wine. The nose is of honeysuckle and faint citrus notes. The flavors of green apple and crisp pear are well balanced and make this full-bodied wine incredibly enjoyable in the winter months with a good meal. I recently paired this with pan fried pork chops, mashed potatoes, and a savory, salty gravy, but it would do well with many other foods including chicken and various fish or vegetable dishes.