2018 Tenbrink Chardonnay and A Light Stir-Fried Chicken

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Pulled of the cellar a 2018 Tenbrink Chardonnay from Suisun Valley. When I first tasted this wine in January 2019, I immediately rated it as one of the Best of Year wines on the nose alone without even tasting it. I can’t recall giving a “score” to any wine before tasting it! When I first sipped the wine it was inspirational. The pale straw coloring provided an array of honeysuckle, pear and apple on nose and later on the palate. It had a touch of citrus on the finish and was clearly going to be a winner! All the kudos for this wine still ring true! For sure it will be on my List of Top Wines of 2021. I am so pleased I continued to purchase this wine. A tremendous bargain now at $32 retail price for the 2020 release. See a previously written stories on all their wines at:

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2020/01/09/tenbrink-vineyards-and-tolenas-winery-a-family-story/

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2020/01/18/tenbrink-2016-petite-sirah-bold-brawny-and-yet-graceful/

https://californiawinesandwineries.com/2020/01/09/tenbrink-vineyards-and-tolenas-winery-a-family-story/

The Food and Wine Pairing

Last evening paired with a stir-fried chicken with Bok Choy. The ingredients included cornstarch, canola oil, dark sesame oil, uncooked onions, grated ginger root, minced garlic and low sodium soy sauce. White rice and an Asian salad accompanied the meal. The stir fried chicken and Bok Choy were a “lighter touch” meal and was a great pairing with the flavorful Tenbrink Chardonnay.

Suisun Valley is definitely on my list to visit shortly to get a better understanding of this often overlooked and underappreciated wine region!

Sláinte,

Michael

https://californiawinesandwineries.com

http://tenbrinkvineyards.com/

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