HOME > Chowhound > Wine >
What have you made lately? Get great advice

Side veg/Salad to go with Kunde Estate Reserve Chardonnay?

ldillma Aug 13, 2010 05:02 AM

I'm having a Kunde Estate Reserve Chardonnay with either scallops or halibut on Saturday. Thinking of starting with cold cucumber soup (not sure if there are specific spices to avoid? sometimes I do it with light curry, sometimes with just garlic and shallot and yogurt...). But I'm looking for an easy side dish that will compliment the wine (or a salad).

I saw earlier posts recommending AGAINST much garlic, so will keep that in mind for the scallops. And one person's post made me think perhaps I should serve the scallops/halibut over mashed potatoes rather than over pasta, as I was planning.

Any ideas?

Many thanks!

  1. Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. invinotheresverde Aug 13, 2010 06:59 AM

    Tip 1: Relax. It's just a meal. No need to worry much about it. As CA chard isn't an especially good food wine to begin with (lower acid, oaky), not much you do will effect that.

    Tip 2: Stay away from too much garlic and asparagus in general. Other than that, you'll be fine.

    1. maria lorraine Aug 16, 2010 03:57 AM

      I've had Chard similar to the Kunde served with caramelized scallops (three big ones) placed on top of a mound of roasted garlic mashed potatoes with a chive beurre blanc pool at the bottom. An unforgettable dish. A caterer first prepared it, and now whenever I have a butterball Chard on hand, I think of this pairing.

      Show Hidden Posts