Since I haven’t been spending a lot of money dining out in restaurants during the past couple months, I’ve been splurging a bit more on wine to drink at home. Although, this week’s wine – Cakebread Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018 – can hardly be considered a splurge. Because, even at $39.99 SRP, it’s a great wine and a helluva bang for the buck.
For decades, Cakebread Cellars has been one of my go-to California wineries. Cakebread wines are always consistent and dependable, delicious and delightful. And why not? After all, Cakebread Cellars has been making classic California wines for almost five decades, since Dolores Cakebread founded the family winery in 1972.
According to Cakebread, “In the early years of the winery, Dolores started the iconic fruit and vegetable garden that still greets visitors today. She also spearheaded the American Harvest Workshop with Brian Streeter, bringing together top chefs, local farm purveyors, and media representatives to discuss wine, food, and a healthy lifestyle. Through her devotion to Napa Valley’s wine and food education culture, Dolores Cakebread has truly exemplified what it means to be a mom who does it all – not to mention raising three boys!” Happy belated Mother’s Day to Dolores!
Pull the cork on Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay Napa Valley 2018 and you’ll first encounter white fruit aromas – apple, pear and white peach, followed by more apple and pear flavors on the tongue. In contrast to so many bombastic California Chardonnays, this one has nicely balanced, subtle oak notes. It’s an elegant wine with good acidity that would pair nicely with grilled scallops, a cheese board, fresh salads, and more. We recently enjoyed a bottle alongside linguine with clam sauce and it was excellent.
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Originally trained as an anthropologist, Ted Scheffler is a seasoned food, wine & travel writer based in Utah. He loves cooking, skiing, and spends an inordinate amount of time tending to his ever-growing herd of guitars and amplifiers.