You Think You Know Chardonnay?

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Chardonnay is everywhere!  It’s so ubiquitous that, a few years back, the ABC (Anything But Chardonnay) slogan became popular with lots of white wine drinkers.  Even we were tired of the oak bombs coming out of California.  But let’s not malign a perfectly wonderful grape just because it’s been associated with one style.


Here are a couple things you might not know about Chardonnay.


It’s what Chablis is made from.  (No, not the jug wines of yore.)  It’s 100% Chardonnay.  Chablis (the wine) is named after the area in France where it’s produced.  Unlike many of the Chardonnays made here, Chablis wines are rarely aged in oak barrels. If you like unoaked Chardonnays, you’ll LOVE Chablis.


If you ever savored a bubbly labeled Blanc de Blanc, you were drinking Chardonnay.  Traditionally, Champagne is made from three grapes:  Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier.


Blanc de Blanc uses just Chardonnay.  It’s a bit lighter than a sparkling wine that includes the other grapes.  Of course, a bubbly can be made using only Pinot Noir.  It’s called Blanc de Noir, and it’s more robust.



Barbara and Beverly