Chardonnay may be the go-to wine for fish, but fish isn’t the only food that goes with Chardonnay. Here are a few unusual Chardonnay food pairings to try:

  • Popcorn
  • Chocolate
  • Asparagus
  • Chicken Wings
  • Bacon
  • Steak

Consider pairing one of these with our Chardonnay at your next game day party.


Depending on your mood, drizzle popcorn with olive oil or caramelized sugar. Use an air popcorn popper, if you have one, to eliminate conflicting flavors. If you don’t have an air popper, use olive oil instead of regular popping oil.

Drizzle one tablespoon of olive oil over the popped popcorn and toss until covered. Continue adding oil a tablespoon at a time until you have a thin coating on the popcorn. You can experiment by adding herbs or spices like tarragon to the olive oil. Trader Joe’s carries an olive oil popcorn if you don’t want to make it yourself.

Caramelized sugar drizzled over popcorn is like making a less sugary version of caramel corn. Add the sugar to the popcorn a tablespoon at a time until coated. If you want, add almonds or hazelnuts to the popcorn before you drizzle the caramelized sugar.


Pairing a Chardonnay with chocolate-covered caramels produces a taste similar to caramel corn. If you are looking for an easy dessert, set out a few chocolate-covered caramels with our 2015 Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay. Try some hand-crafted caramels for an added touch.


Asparagus may have a reputation for being a difficult vegetable to pair with wine, but it’s a nice Chardonnay food pairing. Roast or grill white or green asparagus using a touch of olive oil. Make sure the asparagus is charred because charring sweetens the taste of asparagus. Toss the asparagus in a light vinaigrette dressing before serving. You’ll be surprised at how well the asparagus complements the Chardonnay.

Chicken Wings

Who thinks of wine when they hear chicken wings? Beer is the go-to favorite for wings on game day. Chardonnay pairs surprisingly well with chicken wings in a honey-mustard or spicy-citrus sauce. Think orange chicken with a dash of hot sauce. You can fry your wings before adding the sauce, but it does change the taste of the Chardonnay pairing. Use your favorite honey-mustard sauce, or try this basic, but easy, recipe if you don’t have one.


Chardonnay and bacon? Yes, even chocolate-covered bacon. Grill the bacon for the best Chardonnay food pairing. The smoky flavor adds a richness to the salty bacon. The acidity of the wine balances the fattiness of the bacon for a unique tasting experience.


Chardonnay is an excellent choice to go with filet mignon, especially if you are serving it without a sauce. Season the steak with peppercorns and sea salt to bring out its flavor. Because it is one of the leaner cuts of meat, it has a lighter flavor that pairs well with Chardonnay.

7Cellars Chardonnay

The 2015 Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay has a lingering oak finish, which goes well with these unusual pairings. With its oak finish, our Chardonnay is not lost when paired with steak or bacon. The crisp tropical fruit and apple and pear flavors of the 2015 Chardonnay complement Spicy Orange Chicken Wings and Olive Oil Coated Popcorn. And the hint of vanilla enhances the taste of caramel in the Caramel-Coated Popcorn or Chocolate Covered Caramels. Isn’t it time to try some of these unusual pairings? Shop Our Store for our 2015 Elway’s Reserve Carneros Chardonnay. It won’t disappoint.