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Happy National Chardonnay Day

In honor of National Chardonnay day I thought I would put a little bit information out there for the “world’s favorite white wine”.

Chardonnay is an extremely versatile grape. Ranging from the buttery, oaked chardonnays to crisp, green apple chardonnays. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the plethora of flavors one can find!

Typical Flavors:

  • Fruit: Lemon, Apple, Pear, Pineapple, Passionfruit, Fig, Peach

  • Flowers/Herbs: Apple Blossom, Celery Leaf, Honeysuckle, Jasmine

  • Earth/Minerals: Wet flint rocks, Salty

  • Other: Almond, Beeswax, Lemon balm, Lemon Zest, Citrus Peel

  • Oak: Vanilla, Baked Tart, Butter, Pie Crust, Caramelized Sugar, Crème Brulee, Dill, Coconut, Praline

This wide spectrum of flavors is just as much about the climate the grape is grown in (hot vs cold) as the way the wine is made (oak vs no oak).

So how is one suppose to know what is actually in the bottle? Here is a quick list of what wine regionstypically produce what styles.

Unoaked Chardonnay:

  • Sonoma Coast, California

  • Western Australia

  • Loire and Chablis, France

  • Colchagua and Casablanca Valley, Chile

  • Oregon

Oaked Chardonnay:

  • Southern & Eastern Australia

  • Napa Valley, Paso Robles and Lake County in California

  • Mendoza Argentina

  • Burgundy, France (Puligny-Montrachet, Meursault and Mâconnais)

  • Puglia, Italy

So now that you know where to find that perfect bottle of Chardonnay, why not grab a bottle and invite over your friends to toast the world’s most versatile white wine grape!

Sources The Sommelier Prep Course by Michael Gibson

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