Chardonnay 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. 🙂
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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