Popeyes & Paradise Springs’ Chardonnay

popeyes chicken box and bottle of chardonnayA box of Popeyes chicken, biscuits, and red beans and rice recently accompanied me on a trip to Paradise Springs Winery in Clifton, Va. Because sometimes you need a little more than a charcuterie plate to get you through a day of wine tasting and lounging.

I hadn’t been to Paradise Springs in awhile, so I was excited to do a tasting. After trying a range of their whites and reds, we settled on a bottle of their 2014 Chardonnay to drink with lunch. Those way more professional than me usually pair fried chicken with a sparkling wine, but I just wasn’t in the mood. But maybe I should have been…

The chicken was delicious (of course) and the wine was great – on the fruitier side with hints of oak – but together the pair kind of failed. That didn’t stop us from devouring both the wine and the chicken though. And the chilled Chardonnay¬†went well with the heatwave and live music on the patio.


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