Chardonnay Quick Facts
Nickname . . . None
Other Names . . . Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc
Grape . . . Chardonnay
Where It’s Grown . . . Just about everywhere in the world.
Color . . . Pale yellow to gold
Serving Temperature . . . Chilled from 45° F to 55° F
Storage Temperature . . . Chilled from 45° F to 55° F
Wine Glass . . . A standard white wine glass with a smaller bowl and mouth. Here’s an example.
Best Used By . . . Drink within five years of the vintage date on the bottle.
Tastes to Expect . . . Crisp fruits with a lot of acidity. Lemon, apple and pears. If aged in an oak barrel, expect notes of vanilla, butter or roasted almond.
Pairing . . . Light meats such as poultry and pork. Salads, grilled shrimp and even curry dishes can pair really well with unoaked Chardonnays, too.
How to Pronounce Chardonnay
Chardonnay Fun Facts
It’s believed the Chardonnay grape began as a cross between the Pinot blanc and the nearly-extinct Gouais blanc variety. Gouais Blanc was most likely introduced to Burgundy by Roman Emporer Probus sometime in his lifetime (232 – 282 AD).
Chardonnay is an important part of many sparkling wines such as Champagne.
Popcorn pairs really well with Chardonnay, making it a great wine for your next movie night. Maybe that’s why it’s so popular.