The Wonderful World of Chardonnay

It’s been called the World’s most favorite white wine!   And I have been enjoying it to the max this Summer.  This green skinned grape which originated in Burgundy, France is probably considered the most food friendly of the white wines.  People often ask which white and which red they should put on a dinner table, and I always answer Chardonnay for the white and Pinot Noir for the red.  That’s my personal opinion.

A new Chardonnay I have tried this Summer is the Carta Vieja Prestige 2010 vintage Chardonnay from Chile.  First Chardonnay from Chile I have ever tried and I was very impressed.  At $24.99 a bottle here in Nova Scotia, this is a beauty. This bright yellow elegant wine has tropical fruit aromas on the nose and easy to drink passion-fruit, banana and apple flavors on the palate.  Very food friendly – try it with pasta!

One of my go to favorites this Summer is this gorgeous Chardonnay from California.  J. Lohr has been producing quality wines for many years, and if you are a red wine drinker, I encourage you to try the gorgeous red wines produced by this winery.  The J. Lohr Chardonnay is pale yellow in color with aromas of nectarine, pear and apple.  It finishes with a toasty vanilla that will keep you coming back for more.  The other evening my mother and I were enjoying a glass, and my sister kept saying “I smell apples”.   We enjoyed this wine that evening with grilled chicken and it was a match made in heaven.

I cannot write a blog about Chardonnay without mentioning my favorite.  Le Clos Jordanne Le Grand Clos Chardonnay.  This is the wine that started my foray into white wine drinking and has set the bar for Chardonnay in my opinion.  Beautiful limestone and stone fruit aromas on the nose.  Youc an also taste the stone fruit on the palate, along with a buttery richness that I just love.  This wine recently won the Best Wine for Chicken in the Great Canadian Wine Match.  Say no more.

And if $83 is not in the budget, Le Clos Jordanne makes a beautiful wine in every budget.  The sister wine, Le Clos Jordanne Claystone Terrace Chardonnay is a beauty as well.  The clay and limestone soils produces a very elegant wine that is quite unique.  Gorgeous flavors of melon, pear and stone fruit and the limestone is quite evident.  I love it.

Thanks for reading, till next week Cheers





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