Chardonnay grapes are relatively adaptable, and as such are grown all over the world. Although France and Napa Valley are the two best known regions for growing, other areas like Australia, Argentina and South Africa are becoming more popular. Since the grapes tend to be “neutral” in flavor, the taste of the final wine is heavily influenced by differences in soil, climate and the winemakers vinification techniques. For example wines aged in oak barrels will taste richer, creamier and smokier, whereas wines aged in stainless steel barrels (aka “unoaked”) will be crisper, and more fruity. For this reason, it’s best to ask your local wine shop for recommendations if you’re looking for a particular style.
|Columbia Crest Washington Two Vines 2006||$8|
$10 – 20
|Wine Cube California 2007 (3L)||$17|
|Clos Du Bois Chardonnay Russian River Valley Calcaire 2006||$25|
ABC…Anything But Chardonnay? We Beg to Differ…
Have you ever heard of the acronym "ABC" as meaning "Anything But Chardonnay"? We decide to set the record straight as Summer hosts Jo-Ann Ross in the studio to illuminate even those that are less than enthused about Chardonnay... Jo-Ann is a Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and an expert wine educator. She effortlessly strides through the history and background of this varietal and offers some excellent examples and wonderful pairing ideas. We were left with a great respect and appreciation for the grape...and quite eager for a glass!