Match of the week | Butternut squash and barrel-fermented Chardonnay

Match of the week

Butternut squash and barrel-fermented Chardonnay

Even if you're not a fan of the blockbuster style of Chardonnay still favoured by many producers you have to admit it meets its match in butternut squash. Why? Because the rich sweetness of the squash kicks the sometimes over-exuberant tropical fruit and vanilla-scented oak into touch and magically transforms them into an elegant, refreshing glassful.

Chardonnay also pairs well with the ingredients that complement squash - roasted red peppers, caramelised onions, grilled or roasted corn, wild or dried mushrooms like chanterelles, parmesan and cream all blend in blissfully.

Butternut squash risotto is a great match for a big muscular Chard, as is a butternut squash or pumpkin soup. Great autumn and winter drinking.

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