This post is sponsored by J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines.
You might think wine pairings are for fancy, well-planned evenings and special occasions. In reality, there are lots of everyday ways to pair wine with easy and delicious dinners, and Chardonnay is one of our favorite wines for pairing with just about anything! We’ve partnered with J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines once again to help inspire you with tons of everyday recipes to enjoy with Chardonnays like their Riverstone Chardonnay, with flavors of stone fruit, baking spices, vanilla, and orange.
Our first recommendation comes from Paulina of Shenska, and includes not one but two awesome recipes that pair beautifully with Chardonnay. These peach and goat cheese crostini are an easy option, adding a fruitiness which enhances the more savory 3-Herb Chicken & Mushrooms main course! The savory notes together with flavors of stone fruit in both the crostini and the wine are effortlessly complementary, and make for a meal that’s vibrant and balanced.
Next up, this simple lemon pasta from Platings + Pairings is a weeknight classic that takes almost no time or effort to pull off. Its bright citrus flavors are right at home alongside a fruity Chardonnay like J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay. Together, they make a meal that’s bright and invigorating—perfect when you need an easy meal to brighten your spirits!
You might think lobster is fancy and difficult, but this Lobster & Shrimp Alfredo from Eating with Erica is super easy and absolutely delectable! Seasoned with a little cajun spice and coated with creamy alfredo sauce, this dish is nice balance of light and rich.
Zuppa Toscana is a classic Italian soup with sausage, potato, and kale—perfect whenever you need something hearty and warming. This recipe from This Mess is Ours simmers away in a pot without demanding much of your time or energy. In the end, you have a batch of soup large enough to feed the whole family and then some! Enjoy with thick slices of toasted Italian bread (garlicked if you wish) and glasses of J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay to balance out this hearty, creamy soup with something light, floral, and fruity.
Tartines are incredibly versatile, suitable for everything from brunch to appetizers to dinner, depending on the recipe! These Tarragon Dijon Salmon Tartines from The Original Dish are a little creamy, a little tangy, and a little sharp. They’re very easy to assemble, but still feel really special, which is great for a date night or a brunch with friends!
Speaking of salmon, this versatile fish is the perfect option when you want something both easy and fancy. This Brown Sugar & Soy Sauce Grilled Salmon from Pretty in the Pines is just the ticket! It’s marinated ahead of time, so by the time you’re ready to make dinner, all the delicious marinade flavor has suffused the fish, and very little additional seasoning is necessary. Enjoy with a simple orzo with tomatoes, lemon, and basil, plus a side of easy lemon grilled asparagus. The vibrant stone fruit and cozy baking spice flavors of J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay goes beautifully with this sweet and savory salmon and its fresh and citrusy sides!
We love a good pasta salad any time of year, and this Caprese Pasta Salad from Somethin Southern perfectly explains why. This recipe could not be simpler: just boil penne pasta al dente, saute veggies and sauce in a pan, then mix everything together! This makes a perfect lunch or picnic option, too, and leftovers keep well for continued enjoyment. The fresh, herbaceous flavors of this simple pasta salad are best paired with a wine that’s light and fruity.
This red grape, goat cheese, and basil beer-crusted pizza from Displaced Housewife is such a unique recipe! If you thought grapes didn’t belong on pizza, think again! This slightly sweet, creamy, and herbaceous pizza is an absolutely must-try, and Rebecca, creator of the Displaced Housewife, breaks down tons of helpful tips for every step of the process! She also recommends pairing this with the Riverstone Chardonnay from J. Lohr Estates, since the wine’s peachy, citrusy, and honey notes complement the flavors of this pizza perfectly.
If you love tapas, you have got to try these gambas al ajillo (or garlic prawns) from Beyond Sweet and Savory! Tapas are great for a casual get-together or easy date night, and these garlic prawns use simple ingredients and flavors to create a perfect little masterpiece. J. Lohr Estates Riverstone Chardonnay is added to the pan while sauteing for a touch of bright citrus flavor that is perfect for seafood. When it’s all done (about 20 minutes from start to finish), you have a simple seafood dish that’s a balance of light, smoky, citrusy, and spicy—completely unique and completely delicious!