Chardonnay Wine: The World’s Most Liked White Wine
Chardonnay is America’s number one selling white wine and it continues to climb the production ladders in order to become the most beloved of dry wines in the U.S. It is the most famous white wine grape in the production of wine. It is believed to have originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France. It is amongst the very few grapes which actually does not require blending. The Chardonnay grape variety is characterized for its complex and aromatic flavors.
Chardonnay wines are highly acidic, golden colors and leaves a kind of velvety feel in the mouth. It has become very popular of all the white wines today. And as such it is known as “king” of white grape varieties.
In the following article, we are going to discuss few characteristics of Chardonnay wine along with its serving temperature, food pairing and how to store it.
Chardonnay wines are mostly characterized by it’s fruity flavors like fruit, citrus, lemon, apple, mango or pineapple. It also consists of earthy and herbaceous aromas or flavors like that of grass, straw or mushroom.
Chardonnay wine is best known for being oaked. People who really like to drink Chardonnay wine, they prefer the oak flavors. There are many different ways wine producers can treat Chardonnay grapes with oak such as aging in expensive French oak casks, aging in cheap oak casks, pouring the liquid essence of oak in the wine or soaking the oak chips in wine. Oak gives the taste a dimension of spiciness and adds a hint of vanilla or coconut to the grape aroma.
Serving and Food Pairing:
Since Chardonnay is a dry and desert white wine, so it’s better to serve it slightly chilled probably at the temperature of 15 degreesC or 60F. Because of it’s diversed flavors, the Chardonnay wine can be paired well with diverse foods. You can accompany Chardonnay wine with foods like chicken, turkey, pork or aged cheese.
Chardonnay wines should be stored in a cool place away from the direct sunlight. When you are not using the wine for more than a couple of weeks, set it on its side to keep the cork moist and seals in the air.
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