What is Chardonnay

Let me tell you a bit about the Chardonnay grape variety. This is a grape that I have a real soft spot for, it’s a true crowd-pleaser. It’s a white grape that is grown all over the world, which means you’ll find it everywhere, from the Burgundy region of France to California, Australia, and New Zealand. Chardonnay is a wine that can be made in different styles, from crisp and dry to rich and buttery. If you’re looking for a wine that is easy to drink and has a nice balance between acidity and fruit, then Chardonnay is the perfect choice for you. You’ll find flavors of green apples, citrus, and tropical fruits, and depending on how it’s aged, you might even get a hint of oak and butter. So, don’t be afraid to give Chardonnay a try, it’s a great grape variety to start your wine journey with.

How to pronounce Chardonnay

The correct way to pronounce Chardonnay is “shar-doh-nay”

What is Chardonnay also known as

Chardonnay is also known as Pinot Chardonnay or simply as Chard.

What does Chardonnay taste like

Taste profile

Medium body, Medium Alcohol, Medium Acidity, 

Primary Flavours

Yellow Apple, Starfruit, Pinapple, Vanilla, Butter

Storage & Handling

To properly store and handle Chardonnay wine, you should use a wine glass with a shape that will allow the wine to open up and release its aromas. A glass with a wider bowl and a tapered top, known as an aroma collector, is ideal for this purpose.

The ideal storage temperature for Chardonnay wine is between 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit (7-13 degrees Celsius) in a cool and dark place, such as a wine cellar. This will prevent the wine from overheating and aging too quickly.

It’s not necessary to decant the Chardonnay before serving it, as the wine should be ready to drink as soon as it is opened.

If you are looking to age the Chardonnay for 5-10 years, it is best to store the wine in your cellar, lying down on its side to keep the cork moist, this will help to preserve the wine’s quality over time.

When you are ready to serve the wine, make sure to remove it from the cellar and bring it to the ideal serving temperature of 45-55 degrees Fahrenheit (7-13 degrees Celsius) before opening it.

Food Pairing

What food do you pair with Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a versatile wine that can be paired with a wide variety of foods. The specific pairing will depend on the style of Chardonnay and the flavors in the wine.

Dry, unoaked Chardonnays that have bright acidity and flavors of green apple and citrus are a great match with seafood, such as oysters, fish, and shellfish. They also pair well with salads, vegetables, and light chicken dishes.

Oaked Chardonnays that have rich buttery and vanilla flavors go well with richer foods such as poultry, pork, and seafood dishes with butter or cream sauces. They also complement creamy pasta dishes, grilled seafood, and roasted chicken, they can also be a great match with some types of cheese.

Full-bodied Chardonnays with a high alcohol content and flavors of tropical fruits, honey and oak are a great match with rich seafood dishes like lobster, scallops, and shrimp. They also go well with creamy risottos and rich meat dishes such as steak, duck, or pork.

When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to consult with a sommelier or a wine expert for specific recommendations.

Where is Chardonnay grown?

Chardonnay is a widely planted grape variety that is grown in many regions around the world. Some of the key regions for growing Chardonnay include:

Burgundy, France: The Burgundy region of France is considered one of the premier regions for growing Chardonnay. The wines produced here are known for their complexity, elegance, and minerality. Wines from the village of Meursault and the Puligny-Montrachet and Chassagne-Montrachet are some of the most sought-after Chardonnays in the world.

California, United States: California is one of the largest producers of Chardonnay in the world. The wines produced here are known for their rich, buttery, and tropical fruit flavors.

Australia: Australia produces a wide range of Chardonnay styles, from dry and unoaked to rich and buttery. The wines from the regions of Chardonnay and the Adelaide Hills are particularly notable.

New Zealand: New Zealand produces Chardonnay with a unique style, characterized by its bright acidity, minerality, and citrus flavors. Wines from the regions of Marlborough and Hawke’s Bay are particularly noteworthy.

Chile: Chile produces a wide range of Chardonnay styles, from crisp and unoaked to rich and buttery. The Casablanca and Leyda valleys are particularly known for producing high-quality Chardonnay.

Italy: Italy is not only known for its red wines but also produces high-quality Chardonnay, especially in the regions of Friuli-Venezia Giulia and Trentino-Alto Adige.

South Africa: The Chardonnay from South Africa is characterized by its elegance, freshness and minerality. The regions of Stellenbosch and Franschhoek are known for producing high-quality Chardonnay.