Buttery Chardonnay and Corn Pairing
Whether it’s corn on the cob, corn chowder, popcorn, or cornbread, the best corn pairing, hands down, would be an oaky Chardonnay, especially one that has lots of buttery notes. Butter goes so well with corn, and a buttery Chardonnay complements these butter flavours.
An Oaked Chardonnay also has acidity, and that’s important for cutting through the butter fat, and the saltiness that often accompany corn based dishes.
Producers have moved away from buttery notes, however, some buttery Chardonnay examples still exist.
Top 5 Buttery Chardonnay
- Kendall Jackson Vintners Reserve
- Toasted Head Chardonnay
- Broken Clouds Chardonnay
- Beringer Bros Bourbon Barrel Chardonnay
- Hess Collection Monterey County Chardonnay
Other white wines work great too but are not at the same level as a buttery Chardonnay. If you aren’t just sitting down with three ears of corn on the cob, and have a lot of other foods in sight, a dry Riesling, or a food-friendly Sauvignon Blanc will serve you well. These two wines will cut through the fat of the butter, as well as the salt, refreshing your taste buds.
Best Wines with Popcorn
With popcorn, why not try sparkling wine, like Prosecco, Cava or Champagne. These bubbly wines will come off as extremely refreshing after the saltiness of this snack. And what better way to celebrate getting together with some friends in the living room whilst watching a couple of great popcorn flicks.
Naked Popcorn and Chenin Blanc
For Popcorn with no butter or salt, we’d recommend a Chenin Blanc or a lightly oaked Chardonnay. You could go full buttery Chardonnay with your unbuttered popcorn, but the wine would overwhelm it. A Chenin Blanc or minimal oaked Chardonnay has lovely peach and tropical fruit flavours to add some refreshment against this dry snack.
Popcorn Drenched in Butter with Chardonnay
For popcorn drenched in butter, then your buttery Chardonnay will work fantastic as it will complement the butter flavours and match the weight of the snack.
Best Wine with Corn Chowder
Chardonnay is another winner when it comes to Corn Chowder and wine pairing. The creaminess of an oaked Chardonnay balances nicely with the chowder’s richness and sweet flavours of the corn. With hot peppers becoming so popular lately, many chefs are integrating spice into their chowder. If your chowder has a chipotle flair, try pairing with a Riesling which cools the palate, as well as cut through the richness of this wonderful soup.
If the dish is spicy hot, or extremely creamy, pick a wine that is lower in alcohol as the alcohol will make the heat hotter, and may cause the cream to curdle in your mouth.
What Not to Pair with Corn
We recommend you stay far away from red wines when dealing with corn. The sweetness of the corn will overpower the red wine, making it taste sour.
Beer & Corn on the Cob
Nothing beats the classic combo of corn, a slab of butter and salt, and a Lager Beer certainly goes great with this dish. Lagers are light-bodied and crisp, so they will cut through the butter and salt, and complementing the sweetness of the corn, all without adding any more noise to this pairing.
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