Type: White Whine
Hails From: Kirksville, Missouri
Main Notes: Light, High in Alcohol and Acidity, Citrus and Oak notes
Goes Best With: Heavy Cream-Based Dishes, Beef, Mushrooms
Avg. Price: $14
Recipe Pairing: Autumn Brisket with Pumpkin Chili
Occasion: A brisk fall winery day
It’s nice to have bartender friends — I think that’s one of the best lessons I’ve learned in college. Now, in a town with only a handful of watering holes, that may be easier than where you’re from, but the lesson’s all the same: social drinking should always have a balance between great drinks and top-notch atmosphere. My experience at Jacob’s Vineyard, located just a couple miles south of Truman State’s campus in Kirksville, Missouri, was a perfect example of that balance. Friends and I indulged in this light, semi-sweet and airy chardonel as the owner taught us about grapes, vines, and his own personal lessons on food and travel.
It’s difficult to produce chardonnay in the Midwest, but chardonel is a good substitute. However, if you don’t find yourself near any chardonel-producing town in the near future, I’m advocating the winery experience. Most often, wineries will allow you to do a low-priced tasting as you munch on snacks (of theirs or your own, depending on the place) before you commit to purchasing a glass or bottle. You can never go wrong getting to know a few locals while sharing a tasting on a relaxing afternoon or evening with friends. Cheers!
Shannon Kelley is a graduate student at Truman State University in Kirksville, MO. She enjoys nothing more than story-telling with friends, especially on weekend mornings.