Gray Ghost Vineyards 2008 Chardonnay

Gray Ghost Chardonnay

Varietal: Chardonnay
Region: Virginia – USA
Cost: $17

Tropical fruit flavors with a hint of vanilla and soft oak finish.  Dry, but not overly oaky.  Straw coloring that is typical of Chardonnay.  Pairs well with poultry, seafood, and pasta.

Recommendations: I’ve had Gray Ghost wine before, but over the Labor Day weekend my wife, my parents, and myself made a trip out to visit the vineyard, one of my parents’ favorites.  The vineyard itself was beautiful, and the staff was amazing (all of which is a post for another time), and after coming home with quite a bit of wine, my wife and I finally opened a bottle the other night to pair with our meal.

Our dinner of pork cutlets with a honey glaze and bacon pesto risotto was a great compliment to the wine (or the other way around).  The oak of this wine is ever so subtle, and doesn’t mask a bit of acid on the finish, which I was a big fan of and did an excellent job of cutting some of the sweetness from the meal.  The balance of light fruit flavors made this wine enjoyable long after our meal was gone – a feature I find key to any good wine.

At $17 a bottle it’s a good price for a top quality Chardonnay, especially one that you can pair with a variety of foods (or none at all).  Definitely worth trying out if you’re a Chardonnay fan.

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A wine lover for as long as I can remember, I hope that my thoughts on wine can help others to make decisions on what they should drink as well.


    • I do my best to keep up, but there are so many vineyards in Virginia that it can be difficult. Fortunately a lot of local wine shops try to do a good job of stocking different Virginia wines, which makes it easier, and there are lots of wine festivals in the area I live in (Richmond) to help expose me to new vineyards that have sprung up and to new wines from established vineyards.

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