The Wine:
Jacob's Creek Reserve Chardonnay 2007

The Affair:
The worst part about the winter holiday isn't the family fights, overcooked ham dinner, or even good ol' Uncle Jack's annual drunken speech about how he was the son that was supposed to "make it." Nope, there's one part about the holiday season that tops 'em all: cleaning up all of the Christmas decorations.

This weekend, I finally got off of my ass to tackle the tasks of de-Christmasfying the house. Yep, you remember how much I loved putting 'em up and now I finally got to take 'em down!

To help lighten the blow, my wife made some kick-arse Chili for dinner. It wasn't overly spicy, until I added some "Slap my ass and call me Sally" hot sauce. Applied liberally and the Chili was on FIRE!

My wife and I always joke about Chardonnay. She makes fun of me for liking it, and I tell her she's missing out by not at least giving it a fair chance. If Mrs. Whore has more than one glass, I know it's a decent Chard.

Tonight's affair passed both tests. Not only did it put out the fire I induced on my Chili, but Sheila actually made it through more than one glass. Now, I know what you're thinking... Jacob's Creek is such a commercially well-known Australian wine, how could it be any good?

Well, here's my thoughts on it...

Unlike a lot of the Chards raised in California, this Chard from down under didn't taste like Paula Dean had her way with it. It wasn't complete butterball. It also wasn't too sweet either. It was nicely oaked, smooth, and fun to drink. For $13, I'd say this one is worth a try. Also, if you've never tried pairing a spicy dish with a Chardonnay, what the hell are you waiting for? You owe it to your tongue (and liver) to give it a shot!

Am I alone here? How do you like Australian Chardonnay as compared to those from the US?

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Rachel said...

I look for Sheila's stamp of approval when Chards are the topic. I'm going to try it! As I mention a couple of times a week, I'm not a white wine person and I remember reading that Sheila isn't either. I'll definitely give this one a try!

The Wine Whore said...

LOL! She's a great barometer for white wines! :)

This one worked very well... but if you are looking for my favorite Chard, I may have some other recs! :)

Travel Eat Love said...

I am not a huge Chard fan, but I do prefer Australian, and I recently tried a Jacob's Creek Reserve which was surprisingly nice. I actually need to choose an Australian Chard for tasting for my online wine class. Any other recommendations?

The Wine Whore said...

I have to admit, I haven't had a lot of other Australian Chards. Let's see if anyone else may be able to help...

Anyone else have a good rec?

Paula said...

I don't drink a lot of Chard....I'll give this one a try. My hubby LOVES spicy food, so I'm thinking I'll give it a try sooner than later!

The Wine Whore said...


Oh, and if you aren't a big fan of Chards and wanna try a good wine with spicy food, try a nice Gew�rztraminer instead! :)

Be sure to let me know how you like it!

in vino veritas said...

We had the 2007 Jacob's Creek Chardonnay also but we did not like it. It opened with overbearing nutty oak and buttery aromas. Reminded me of a butter cream cookie. There was no finish to it and it left a bad after taste. Pass! (Tasting posted Nov 6)

Travel - If you can find a 2009 Morse Code Chardonnay from Henry's Drive (Australia), I would definitely try this. You can see my post of this dated Sept 22, 2009 on

The Wine Whore said...

I think that Chardonnay is tricky because not only do people's tastes differ, but there's also a lot of variation in the way it can taste. A lot of people I've talked to have even said that they think a lot of Chards smell like cat piss. I certainly wouldn't want to drink something that tasted like THAT! :) I also wouldn't want to drink something that left a bad taste in my mouth.

I didn't get a lot of the same overtones that you picked up (at least they weren't overbearing) in my bottle. Did you eat anything before or while drinking yours?

I AM always looking for new wines to try... I'll have to give that Morse Code Chard a try!

Always appreciate the discussion and feedback! Thank you!

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