Many of you have probably heard of Chardonnay. It is one of the most planted white wine grapes in the world and does not have a particularly strong flavor on its own, which is why it is commonly soaked or fermented in the barrel. An unoaked Chardonnay from a cool climate will most likely have a high acidity, with pear, apple, and lemon fruit flavors. Whereas an oaked Chardonnay from a warm climate will have more stone fruit flavors like pineapple, passion fruit or peach. It will be buttery and creamy with some hints of coconut and vanilla. If you really like this wine, then be ready every year for International Chardonnay Day on May 21st. This lovely wine is something most people find really delicate on the palate, and it is a good drink to start when you are first trying different wines.
The Chardonnay grape is pretty unusual because it can be grown in regions of completely different type of climates, from hot to cold, and its style and character will vary considerably from climate to climate. In cold climates, this special grape can become at risk though from spring frost damage because of its early budding. This grape is as international as wine grapes go. The USA, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, France, and South Africa are the main countries that grown this variety.
If you like to cook and you like to have wine at the same time, then it’s really helpful to know that Chardonnay pairs well with so many different styles of food. It matches super well with poultry, meat, and seafood. Salads, seafood, and fish would be ideal with an unoaked Chardonnay. Dishes with heavy cream or butter base would be an excellent match for an oaked Chardonnay. There are literally endless possibilities for when it comes to enjoying a glass of Chardonnay with your meal. Finding the right wine can be a very difficult choice, but once you find the lovely Chardonnay, your wine picking nights may have just been made a little easier. Enjoy your meal.