Chardonnay is the most popular white wine on earth. The grape is a near-blank canvas, capable of being produced in a gamut of different styles. Chardonnay grapes are somewhat resilient, low-maintenance in the vineyard and easy to grow in almost any climate. Travel to any wine region in the world, you will find at least one vineyard growing Chardonnay.
CHARDONNAY IN 1 SIP:
- Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety that is native to Burgundy, France.
- Chardonnay can be produced in a youthful, fruity style that’s ready for to be drunk soon after bottling. Complex, barrel-fermented bottles are capable of aging for years.
- Chardonnay wines are medium to full-bodied and pair with a range of simple or complex foods.
- In France, Chardonnay is labelled by the region in which it is grown, like Chablis. It is also a key variety in Champagne.
HOW TO PAIR CHARDONNAY WITH FOOD
Due to its wide array of styles and profiles, Chardonnay can pair with almost every kind of food. Lighter, unoaked Chardonnay, like Chablis, is a great match for fresh cheese or delicate seafood. Medium-bodied expressions hold their own with poultry, pork tenderloin, or aged cheeses. Higher-alcohol or full-bodied Chardonnay pairs well with entrées with a rich cream sauce or even grilled meats.