Wine - More Than A Drink, More Of A Lifestyle

Chardonnay is almost the most popular wine. Either you will love it with a passion or really hate it. Chardonnay is till date the most popular grape variety grown in the United States of America and also in many many parts of the world. Chardonnay wine offers a wide range of flavors, be it oaked or unoaked. Chardonnay always is a white wine and perfect for many occasions and of course, whatever your budget is, you are guaranteed to find a Chardonnay wine that suits you. Here’s four facts about Chardonnay, we hope you enjoy!

Chardonnay’s ancestral home is actually Burgundy, France. This region is known primarily for its stunning white wines. While white wines are made from a variety of different white grapes, Chardonnay is Burgundy’s most prized possessions. Another myth is that all Chardonnay is butter, however, this simply is not true. Buttery Chardonnay has a lot to do with the Malic acid, which is the process for apples converting into lactic acid. This process takes place after all the sugar turns into alcohol. This gives the Chardonnay that buttery texture, however, not all have this texture since it depends on the winemaker and the process he follows.

Different wines come in different undertones in terms of tastes and smells and Chardonnay wine is no different. One of the famous flavors in a Chardonnay wine is the flavor of vanilla and toasted oak. If that is not your vibe then don’t worry- Chardonnay wine is a lot of other options! The trend for the vanilla flavor toasted oak Chardonnay wines started in the early 80s and early 90s when California’s taste in wines was changing. California, during that time, was looking for slightly aggressive tasting, vanilla flavor wines to go with toasted marshmallows. However, we understand that tastes have now changed! I suggest you buy the unoaked Chardonnay.

One of the major reasons Chardonnay grapes are incredibly popular is of course, because it's stunning to taste but also because it is the easiest to grow. While other white grapes such as Pinot Noir- famously known as the sibling of chardonnay, are not very easy to grow and adapt to different climates and environments. However, Chardonnay is the type to adapt quickly and grow well. Now, a fun fact! Did you know that Blanc de Blancs Champagne which is very bubbly is actually made from white grapes- a blend of Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier and Chardonnay!

Chardonnay is that wine that goes so well with many different kinds of foods, meats and even cheeses. My recommendation, something I have enjoyed over the years is pairing Chardonnay with steak. Especially with my big, rich, California Chardonnay makes my grilled steak just taste a hundred times better! You will be blown away and totally thank me once you try your Chardonnay with meats as most meats taste even better with Chardonnay.