Chardonnay is the best selling
white wines in the world and grows well in most grape-growing regions.
It's easy to find, so why go "in search of Chardonnay?"
Chardonnay grows in many different conditions, and because it is
influenced by the terroir and affected so much by winemakers' decisions
about style, Chardonnay is a chameleon, taking on many different aromas
Many wine drinkers have only tasted "oaked"
Chardonnay, and many people who "don't like Chardonnay" have only tasted
strongly oaked, high alcohol styles. But Chardonnay can be crafted to
be a more delicate, subtle wine as well. French White Burgundy, which
is 100% Chardonnay, is often made with a softer (French) oak influence
and with lower alcohol than the "big" Chardonnays from California,
Australia, and other similar climates.
Some Chardonnays are
"naked," made in stainless steel with no oak. These Chardonnays display
more of the fruit of the vine, but lack the vanilla and toasty aroma
and flavor imparted by oak (even in subtle ways). They can be delicious
and dry, we think with more aroma and flavor than many other whites.
why go "in search" of Chardonnay? First, because different Chardonnays
display so many different aromas and flavors, it's fun (and
educational) to try different styles, comparing the differences and
"searching" for a few favorites.
Secondly, because it is so common, we
take Chardonnay for granted ourselves, rarely write about it, forget
how much we enjoy it, and often forget to buy it as we are searching for
something a "little different." So, we've gone to the wine fridge and
our wine closet in the basement, searching for Chardonnay, only to find
we have NONE! Oh, that roasted chicken was craving a lightly oaked
Chardonnay with hints of vanilla and toast, and the cupboards were
bare. Oh NO!
So, we're asking our readers to go "searching for
Chardonnay" and tell us what you find, what you like, and what you don't
like. We'll report back after we've heard from a few (or more,
hopefully) readers. If you want to remain anonymous, let us know and
we'll respect that. Otherwise, we'll list your favorites and identify
you by first name (or alias if you prefer).
TO IT!!! Go search and taste and describe some Chardonnays (and French
White Burgundies), tell us what you smell, taste, feel, and like and
dislike. Please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday, August 13
(that gives those of you who - sadly - only drink wine on the weekends TWO weekends to do some experimenting).
READY, SET, GO!!!