A Willamette Valley Chardonnay will complement the salty, cheesy, and slightly sweet flavors of this dish
Savvy match: This butternut squash risotto is a salty, cheesy, and slightly sweet dish. With flavors of crisp tart apples, vanilla, and pineapple, Chardonnay will build on and nicely complement this and even out the fattiness from that crispy pancetta.
A simple dish of butternut squash risotto topped with Grana Padano is about as Italian as you can get. A soul-warming simple yet classy dish, risotto comes from Northern Italy, Lombardi, home to Milan, Lago di Como, the Alps, and George Clooney. This butternut squash risotto is a great dish to have in your back pocket, whether as an elegant Primi Piatti, first course, or as a side, contorni, with a simple braised dish. A good risotto utilizes simple, fresh ingredients, and while simple to make in concept, it takes time and careful attention to detail to get the desired result.
You might say the same thing regarding an artfully crafted Willamette Valley Chardonnay. This white wine juggernaut is beloved, rightfully so, due to its overwhelming complexity and structure. Chardonnay is one of the few white wines that can hold against any full-bodied red wine when considering the depth of flavor, body structure, and earthiness. Chardonnay can be clean and crisp, or luxurious, creamy and buttery depending on whether or not it was aged in oak barrels. Most California and Pacific Northwest Chardonnay’s are barrel-aged, giving the wine its traditional buttery texture.