Right so to add more confusion to Sherry Day which runs for 5 days from 20th of May till the 25th, International Chardonnay Day falls on the 23rd smack dab in the middle of Sherry day! Why celebrate chardonnay? Well there are as many reasons as there are chardonnay wines. To Celebrate Chardonnay Day we’ll be hosting a tasting in the shop from 7pm to 8pm on Thursday 23rd May, all welcome to check out what we think are some great chardonnay wines from all over the globe.
Heres our spiel on 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 pretty much wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a “rite of passage” and an easy entry into the international wine market.
The Chardonnay grape itself is pretty neutral in terms of flavour (many of the flavours commonly associated with the grape coming from the way the winemaker treats it eg oak and from its terroir). It is turned into loads of different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, to New World un oaked styles with tropical fruit flavours to big oaky monsters, that when produced with care can be great food wines. Much of its bad reputation comes from cheap attempts at oaking using oak chips in place of proper barrel aging.
Chardonnay is a must for many sparkling wines around the world, especially Champagne, where many of the top wines are made solely from it Blanc des Blancs. A trendy phase in the late 1980s and early 1990s gave way to a backlash – among most people thanks to the above mentioned cheap oak chip wines. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most widely planted grape varieties, second only to Airén among white wine grapes and planted in more wine regions than any other grape – including Cabernet Sauvignon.