What To Know About Chardonnay Wines?

Red wines may be a world-favorite, but if you’re willing to try something new, go crazy and try white wine because it is a wine for all occasions. Just like the song of Carole King, “Winter, summer, spring or fall, All you have to do is call. And I’ll be there; you’ve got a friend..” with this wine you have got a friend, through the bad and good times. I vouch for this claim. So, how am I so indulged with this wine? Read on to know my answers, and maybe I too can change your mind.


Basic Things You Need to Know About the Chardonnay Variety?


If you want to understand how the wine taste, you need to know the basic things about Chardonnay during its cultivation and other processes. So to start, Chardonnay is basically an aggressive variety, too many vines in a vineyard will result to competition for resources in the farm other than that, quality of harvest might drop because of this situation.


Since it is an aggressive variety, a vintner should be very familiar with the cycle of this grape type. He should be very vigilant in the changes, the scheduled harvest, and any other concerns that might ruin the whole harvest. Besides this, it’s a sensitive variety because it quickly loses its acidity when it ripens and harvests before springtime frost, this is one of the viticultural hazards of the industry that farmers keep an eye on. 

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It is usually confused with Pinot Blanc if not an expert on different varieties. The whole stalk, leaves and even the grapes itself are the same, but if you look closer, you’ll notice that the Chardonnay have more golden-green vines and the veins of the Chardonnay are naked. The most crucial difference is that the two varieties are not the same in taste if you’re an avid white wine drinker. 


Because of its “aggressive” and “sensitive” factors as a variety, if a farm plants this kind of variety, the estate has easier access to the international market because taking care of this high-maintenance Chardonnay has a lovely return of investment and even more. 

To view Chardonnay wines, continue reading below and let me offer you a taste of this delight through the different senses, its, and awards, the best-paired food with it, basically everything you need to anticipate. 

Some of the Best Chardonnay Wine

Maycas del Limari Quebrada Seca Chardonnay ? A classic Chilean Chardonnay from the Limari Valley in Chile, this wine will excite your palate. It is very appealing in the nose and palate offering that aromas and flavors of golden fruits, apple, daffodils, fresh oaks with hints of lemon and pineapple, a superb combination. It has enough amount of acidity with a long spicy finish. This wine is best with fatty fish, pork, and other poultry dishes. You’ll never doubt for a second as it won many awards for consecutive years like International Wine and Spirit Challenge and Decanter World Wine Awards. This is one of Chile’s best white wines, don’t miss it out.


Robert Mondavi Private Selection Chardonnay ? All the way from the Central Coast of California, this wine is just superb. An award-winning wine that slammed all events of 2016 by winning a Silver and Bronze in San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, International Wine and Spirit Competition, and Concours Mondial de Bruxelles. It has the sweet aroma of peaches paired with the flavors of pineapple and lemon that has a long finish.  This is a wine for all occasions, but it is best with salads, pork, and other poultry dishes. You’ll never go wrong in choosing this one. 


William Fevre Chablis ? If you want a Chardonnay from France, immediately look for a Burgundy White WIne, this is one of their masterpieces that you need to try. A reflection of a summer sea breeze, this wine has flavors of golden tropical fruits paired with a perfect aroma from lemons. To support my case, this wine won several awards like International Wine Challenge and Le Guide Hachette des Vins with Silver and Bronze awards. If you want something light but you’ll undoubtedly enjoy, go for this one.


Penfolds Koonunga Hills Chardonnay ? From the previously given example, we travel halfway around the globe to experience one of Australia’s Best White Wine, Penfolds Koonunga Hills Chardonnay. It is an authentic Australian Chardonnay Wine that exhibits aromas of citrus, melon, and pear while in the palate is a soft, slurry taste of minerals, oaks with a twist of zestiness and a little bit of bitterness. No doubt in its quality as it proves to be the best by winning awards like a Silver in Mundus Vini of 2013, International Wine Challenge of 2009 and 2010 and Los Angeles International Wine Competition. Don’t miss out the best of Australia and pair it with fatty fish, poultry, salads and pork dishes.

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