International Chardonnay Day


chardChardonnay Lover’s Day!

Be sure to hoist a glass in honor of all of the Chardonnay grapes out there.  This holiday has several different ways to celebrate: oaked, unoaked, full malo, or Chablis.

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used in the production of white wine. The variety originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. 

For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a “rite of passage” and an easy entry into the international wine market. 

The Chardonnay grape itself is neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the wine being derived from such influences as terroir and oak.  It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France, to New World wines with oak and tropical fruit flavors.

In cool climates (such as Chablis and the Carneros AVA of California), Chardonnay wine tends to be medium to light body with noticeable acidity and flavors of green plum, apple, and pear. In warmer locations (such as the Adelaide Hills in Australia), the flavors become more citrus, peach, and melon, while in very warm locations (such as the the Russian River Valley, Napa, or the Central Coast AVA of California), more fig and tropical fruit notes such as banana and mango come out. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with buttery mouthfeel and hazelnut notes. 

Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne and Franciacorta in Italy.  

Chardonnay‘s popularity peaked in the late 1980s, then gave way to a backlash among those wine connoisseurs who saw the grape as a leading negative component of the globalization of wine. Nonetheless, it is one of the most widely planted grape varieties, with 520,000 acres worldwide, second only to Airén among white wine grapes and fifth among all wine grapes.  (1. Cabernet Sauvignon 2. Merlot 3. Airen 4. Tempranillo 5. Chardonnay 6. Syrah 7. Grenache Noir 8. Sauvignon blanc 9. Trebbiano Toscano 10. Pinot Noir).

HOW TO OBSERVE  Buy some Chardoannay from us; chill it and take it home and drink it!

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