Two Great Chardonnays under $14

I am the first to admit that as far as white wines, Chardonnay is not my “go to” wine. Janelle on the other hand considers Chardonnay as her favorite white wine. So that means from time to time the dinner table must have a good Chardonnay to accompany our meal. Last Friday we prepared our favorite fish dish, Petrale Sole breaded and fried. We like a Chardonnay with this meal and one that does not overpower with oak and butterscotch flavors. We did a side-by-side comparison with these two Chardonnay wines, both purchased for under $14.  For our palates, these two Chardonnays were a perfect match with our scrumptious Petrale Sole dish.

Sparrow Hawk Reserve Napa Valley Chardonnay 2013 – Costco $13.89

The Sparrow Hawk Reserve Napa Chardonnay is from the cool-growing areas at the Southern end of the Valley and from the Carneros region in Napa County. Interestingly, I found no reference to this wine on the Sparrow Hawk Website. Was this wine made just for Costco? The Sparrow Hawk has nice rich aromas of peach and apple. It has a nice mouth feel without an overload of oak or butter. I found the finish to be moderate. Overall, a good-tasting Chardonnay without breaking the bank. It is a good everyday Chardonnay and very worthy of a try if you see it while shopping at your Costco. 88 Points.

Wellington Sonoma Valley Chardonnay 2011 – Weimax Wines $13.99

Wellington is small winery on Dunbar Road in the heart of the Sonoma Valley. We have visited here in the past and enjoyed the coziness and friendliness of the tasting room. The Wellington Chardonnay in our opinion is a notch above the Sparrow Hawk. It has a ton of apple notes throughout. The mouthfeel is solid and it has a very generous aftertaste. The wine has some crispness to it as well.  This a Chardonnay that both Janelle and I certainly can enjoy together, because it has both crispness and oak flavors.  The Wellington Chardonnay is a great example of some of the “Treasures” you will find at Weimax Wines. This is because Gerald, the proprieter, travels far and wide to discover gems like the Wellington Chardonnay.  90 Points.

Petrale Sole Recipe with Chardonnay

The recipe we use with a little variation is one we found in one of cookbooks we have on our kitchen shelf by Linda Carucci. The cookbook is “Cooking Secrets for Real-World Cooks.” We substitute Trader Joe’s Organic Bread Crumbs instead of the cracker meal, and we always buy fresh Petrale Sole (most important).


  1. where can I buy this wine by the case? please help

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