About Chardonnay – The Wine For Sports Celebrations

white-wine-chardonnay-copyChardonnay is one of the most popular grape varieties in the United States and the most planed white wine grape across the world. Whether you prefer it with fish, pasta or meat, it remains one of the best classic wines. Typically used for sport celebration, or any type of celebration for that matter, it has become the taste of victory. Various wines can be paired with sports, but Chardonnay is the typical drink of the winners.

Even though you love Chardonnay and you may think that you know all about your favorite wine, there are things that might surprise you. The following are the top 6 facts about chardonnay that you probably don’t know.

Origin of Chardonnay

It’s a white-wine grape, that was originated in the central eastern region of France, in Burgundy, but today it is grown practically everywhere in the world. Burgundy can produce some of the most long lived and classic whites in the whole world. These chardonnays are generally treated with less amount of oak than the ones that are produced in California.

The Burgundies are balanced dry red wines, that are made from Pinot noir grapes, as well as white wines that are made out from Chardonnay grapes.

Styles of Chardonnay

The grape of Chardonnay is vinified in various styles, from the crisply and lean mineral wines of Chablis (France) to the wines with oak and tropical flavors. In cool climates, it tends to be medium to light body and its flavours are mainly of apple, pear and green plum.

In other parts of the world, like in Australia, its flavours become more peach, melon and citrus, while in warmer places the flavors resembles special fruit notes of mangos and bananas.

Why it tastes creamy

The texture of many Chardonnay wine can be in fact described as smooth or creamy, because of its special kind of fermentation. Creamy Chardonnay has nothing to do with oak, but has to do with Malolactic Fermentation. This is a process where Malic acid converts to lactic acid (the Latin name of milk).

If the maker of these wines allows the malolactic fermentation to occur, which actually happens after all the sugars have been converted into alcohol, you feel a more creamy texture when you taste them. If the fermentation does not occur, the white wines (Chardonnays) taste more crisp and tart.

It is used for sport celebrations

Chardonnay is the sweet taste of victory in a bottle. It’s used in locker rooms around the world after sports victory, and it is fantastic as accompaniment with sporting events of all kinds, especially team sports such as football, basketball, hockey and soccer. Want to celebrate more often? Read about sports training at Piranha. 🙂

Wine tasting can also be a sport in itself:

It can be cultivated easily

The grapes of Chardonnay can be cultivated and planted easily in various parts around the globe. Practically, they can grow in any climate. Oak barrels play a very important role in the taste of Chardonnay. If aged in an oak barrel the wine taste more creamy and buttery. Otherwise, the result is a more fruity and exotic crisp flavour.

Every bottle contains different amount of alcohol

The alcohol percentage in most Chardonnays vary from 12% to 15% and this is mainly because of their different flavours. For example, the wines that have more exotic and light flavours usually have a lower percentage of alcohol (around 12%) than the rich flavoured ones, which can contain around 15% of alcohol.

The main ingredient of champagne

The primary grapes that are used for the production of champagne are black Pinot noir, Pinot Meunier and also white Chardonnay. The main reason that champagnes blend all these together is that each grape variety has strengths that contribute a great deal to the final blend. Chardonnay gives to champagne elegance, delicacy and freshness

How To Properly Serve Wines

Watch this video about the best way to serve wine, from a professional sommelier.

Proper service can go a long way to improving the experience of wine, and without the proper experience, even the best wines can go unappreciated.

The Best Wines To Go With Chicken

winechickenIf you consider yourself a connoisseur, it is imperative to have the right type of wine to enjoy with every meal. You may have the perfect high-acidity red one to enjoy with your red meat and the perfect Chenin Blanc to go with your fish; however, you are not sure what to pair with your chicken dishes.

The proper pairing makes for a wonderful dining experience. Combining the right wine with the right dish will make dinner all the better. There are some very basic rules you should know when pairing wine with chicken. To put it simply, light foods go with light wines; heavy foods go with the heavy variety. If you are planning for a casual get together and chicken is the main dish on the menu consider the wines below and knock your guests off their feet.

Choosing the Best Wine to Pair with Your Chicken Dish

Chicken is a special dish regarding pairing with wine. While some connoisseurs follow very strict rules of matching red meat dishes and white meat dishes with proper varieties, chicken is an uncommon exception to the rule. Choosing the right wine to pair with chicken will depend entirely on how the dish is cooked. Powerful red wines will work well with more flavorful chicken dishes.

More subtle dishes can be paired with white wines. You must take spicing, accompaniments, sauces, and appetizers into consideration. Surprisingly, when pairing wine with chicken, you do not have to follow all of the rules you learned when you became a connoisseur.

The three the best wines to go with chicken:

Barbeque Chicken and Beaujolais Wine

If you love barbeque chicken, consider pairing it with Beaujolais Wine. Beaujolais is made from the Gamay grape found in Southern France and is one of the few red wines likes by all. The sweet taste of Beaujolais pairs well with barbeque chicken. Because these wines are meant to be drunk young, they are fairly inexpensive.

Chicken Cacciatore and Chianti

Chicken Cacciatore is a popular Italian meal that can be served and cooked in wine. Chianti is the perfect choice to pair with Chicken Cacciatore because it is a mixture of white and red grapes. If you have never tried this type of wine, consider trying the medium-bodied Frescobaldi Remole Chianti Ruffina.

Roast Chicken

Roast Chicken is a delightful dish that can be spiced in a variety of different ways. Cabernet Sauvignon pairs well with French Merlot. The sweet taste of the Merlot combined with the spices of the roasted chicken makes for a great combination. Merlot is very food-friendly and also very inexpensive.

As you can see, in wine pairing rules are meant to be broken. You can pair red wine with chicken if you consider flavor and seasonings. When you find a great match, you can bring out the best in the wine and the chicken.

How To Taste Red Wine

Whether you plan a trip to a winery or you just want to taste a red wine at home with your family and friends, you need to be able to appreciate one of life’s finer pleasures.

Wine tasting can be really intimidating, but if you want to be able to track down the ones that you prefer the most, you need to know the certain things.

The following are the basic steps on how to taste red wine.

  1. Notice its colour

    One of the first things you need to do when tasting red wine is to observe its color and clarity. You can do so by holding the glass up to a white background, as to be able to distinguish it better. Then by using the rim of a tablecloth you can notice if the wine is dull or brilliant. For example, you can notice the depth of color.

    For instance, if the colour is quite pale and watery near its edge, it means that its a rather thin wine. If it’s brown or orange, it means that it is either an older one or it has been oxidized. Keep in mind that red wines can range from red and ruby to purple and brick and as they age they begin to look more brown.

  2. Taste it in your mouth

    Right after opening the bottle, it’s the best time for you to catch a small sniff, in order to be able to compare its fragrance after swirling. This way you can have the opportunity to test if the wine has any off odors.

    If it smells badly, you can understand that the wine is rotten (more about how to tell if red wine is rotten). You need to remember also that common aromas of wines include different spices, herbs, flowers and fruits. The overall ‘taste’ of the wine is a combination of different flavors and smells. By tasting it, you can understand if its thick, salty, sweet or sour.

  3. Smell the wine

    The smell of red wine refers to its aromas, which can include spices, fruits or even flowers, but generally red wines smell like fruits. Of course, you can probably recognize strawberries or blackberries or other fruits when tasting it. Even though you may not smell the same thing as another person, as the sense of smell is an objective experience, there are specific smells to certain varieties. Be sure to smell the wine several times.

    For example, a wet and musty smell can indicate that the wine was not properly bottled and cannot be salvaged. A wine with great complexity can offer you different aromas every time you smell it, like coffee, violet, raspberry, cherry, black currant, cedar, mint and many more.

You need to remember also that the temperature a wine is served at can actually affect the way it smells and tastes.