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Shadow Slant Chardonnay 2016
Horse Heaven Hills, Washington

National Velvet (1944)
THURSDAY, JULY 2 @ 12:15 AM (ET)

We’d be remiss if we didn’t try to pair this wine from Horse Heaven Hills with a film that featured an equine star. And we think we found an ideal partner. This evergreen classic starring Elizabeth Taylor and Mickey Rooney is as uplifting and refreshing as when it first galloped onto the screen. It’s a perfect match for this full-flavored and brisk Chardonnay.

THE WINE

Washington State produces a uniquely ripe, intensely flavored style of Chardonnay. Shadow Slant hails from the premium Horse Heaven Hills region (part of the larger Columbia Valley) and the prized McNary Vineyard. Here, dry, sandy soils and cooler-thanaverage temperatures encourage vines to bury their roots deep – the perfect Chardonnay growing conditions and key to concentrated, complex flavors. Left unoaked to allow those flavors to shine, it brims with ripe apple and pear characters. Enjoy a glass on its own or with food – see over for our recommendations.

THE GRAPE

Chardonnay is one of the world’s most popular white grapes, being produced in all sorts of styles virtually worldwide. Its ability to adapt to different climates and soils make it an appealing variety for winemakers. The best-known (and most expensive) come from the vineyards of Chablis, Champagne, and Burgundy’s Côte d’Or in France. However, great-value takes from California, Australia, and even Spain are gaining popularity.

THE REGION

GI_grapes_chard_JvineyardsHorse Heaven Hills is part of the Columbia Valley, Washington’s largest appellation. The region’s diverse microclimates and rich, alluvial soil are ideal for growing grapes. Plus, thanks to the Earth’s tilt, the valley logs more hours of growing season sunlight than its southern neighbors, Napa and Sonoma. This allows for a greater shift in day-to-night temps, which really develops flavor complexity.

WITH FOOD

sal_WaldorfChickenSaladChardonnay is famously foodfriendly. Pair this lovely find with grilled chicken, turkey, or pork. It’ll also be delicious with simple seafood, from baked white fish to seared scallops. You could also serve it with chicken salad, tuna salad, or leafy salads topped with pear slices, goat cheese, and walnuts. Vegetarian? Pasta primavera or creamy soups will be tasty matches.

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