Perfect pairings for the year's best wines

What to serve with the best wines of 2009? Sunset wine editor Sara Schneider has the matches

Golden spiced squash with sauted shrimp
James Carrier

With Edna Valley Vineyards Paragon Chardonnay 2007

White Steal of the Year (San Luis Obispo County; $13)

Perfect pairing:  Golden Spiced Squash With Sautéed Shrimp

Why it works:  With a core of sweet fruit, this great-value Chardonna is a good match for both winter squash and sweet shrimp.

Apple flavors in the wine are laced with baking spices (common in Chardonnay with a little oak on it) that link up with the cardamom and ginger in the squash. A creamy lemon edge keeps the match lively.


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