November 14, 2014
Welcome to the first fucking installment of Learn Your Wine. Today, we're going to discuss betchy white wine, Chardonnay (also referred to as Chablis and White Burgundy).
Before you hyperventilate, realize that I'm here to help. We're going to get through this and when it's all over, you'll be the betchiest wine snob with the knowledge to back it up.
Chardonnay is named after the grape variety used to make it. So, Chardonnay is actually the name of a green-skinned grape that originated in France (like most great things). If you didn't know (ugh), green-skinned grapes make white wine and red-skinned grapes make red wine. Growing the Chardonnay grape is seen as the "beginner's" step into wine. Let's continue.
Chardonnay is available in three sort of “varieties”, and knowing these varieties will help next time you’re trying to describe what you want to the nice man at the liquor store/restaurant.
Depending on where it’s grown, a Chardonnay can taste like plum, pear, and apples (for those grapes grown in a colder climate). However, for Chardonnays made in Australia/New Zealand/warmer locales, the flavors can get more citrusy with hints of peach, melon, and even banana (ew). Also, depending on the variety, you’ll have more fruit, more oak, or more butter flavor that’ll hit your nose first.
Ok – what your bottle of Chardonnay tastes good with is going to depend on the “type” which we discussed before:
This concludes our first installment of Learn Your Wine. Stay classy.