Getting to Know
Chardonnay (shar-dun-nay) originated in Burgundy, France and is the world’s most popular white grape. The varietal is grown everywhere in the New World (everywhere that isn’t Europe) and is well established in the Old World (Europe).
Chardonnay wine is medium to full-bodied, dry in style, with medium-high acidity. It can be high in alcohol with some as powerful as red wine.
The Chardonnay grape produces light to medium tannins and is typically aged in new oak barrels.
The buttery flavors in Chardonnay wine also come from the terroir (and the oak-barrels). Generally, wines from warmer regions will be oaked and turned into this style of wine, meaning low acidity. If you choose a wine from a warmer climate that is oaked, expect tropical fruits such as pineapple or mango.
Cooler climates will have leaner wines with green apple and citrus notes. Some chardonnays are “unoaked” and are aged in stainless steel tanks. These wines will be lighter, medium bodied wines with fewer buttery flavors.
WHERE TO FIND THE Chardonnay Grape
Well known regions include White Burgundy, Champagne, France, Northern Italy, Coastal Chile, Westen Australia, Oregon (Cooler Climates) California, South Australia, Western Cape, Southern Italy, Argentina, (Warmer Climates).
When is the Right Mood for Chardonnay Wine?
HOW TO ENJOY Chardonnay WINE
Chardonnay food pairing
Chardonnay pairs best with Chicken, Creamy and Buttery dishes, Risotto, Shellfish, Thyme, Shallots, Brioche, Goat Cheese, Sheep’s Milk.
Practical Tips for Chardonnay Wine
Glassware: Consumed out of a white wine glass.
Shelf life: In general, shelf life for Chardonnay wine is about 5+ years with finer expressions from Burgundy and Napa lasting far longer.
Bottle Prices: The average bottle cost between $15 – $30.