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Quick Guide To Understanding Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France, but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand.

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine on earth. It was born in the Burgundy region of France, where it is known as White Burgundy, and it was there that the wine became really popular for its elegance. Due to Chardonnay’s popularity, winemakers in the Champagne region began to grow the grape as well, using it as a major ingredient for their sparkling wines.

While grown in the same country, the Chardonnay grapes took on a very different characteristic in Champagne than they had in Burgundy. Winemakers began to realize that the grape had a unique knack for truly embodying the region and area where the wine is grown. No two places that grow Chardonnay produce the exact same wine, yet every region finds it is relatively easy to grow. This discovery is what helped the grape quickly spread across the world.

As the grape spread, winemakers discovered that warm climates would produce a Chardonnay grape that was ripe and full of tropical flavors, while in cooler climates the grape had flavors of apple as well as earthy fall aromas such as mushrooms and the smell of fallen leaves. With the variety of different Chardonnays that can be produced around the world, wine drinkers literally have a Chardonnay for every season and occasion. This worldwide variety allows Chardonnay to go extremely well on its own while sitting outside in the summer, or even on a cold winter’s night with a hearty stew.

However, chardonnay started to get a bad repped because it was oaked for too long. This made the wine to have a heavy buttery taste that put many wine drinkers off.  A good way to avoid the liquid butter wine is simply to avoid Chardonnay that is made by any of the worldwide mega-producers or simply buy unoaked chardonnay.

sources- wikipedia, vinepair.com

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