Chardonnay is a white grape variety that originated in the French region of Burgundy. Wine from this grape is made in a wide range of styles due to Chardonnay’s unique ability to grow in varying climates.
The first style is sparkling, from Chardonnay grapes are grown in cool climates across the world. These are often used to make light, effervescent styles of wine. When labeled “Blanc de Blancs,” the wine will be 100% Chardonnay.
Next are lean, crisp, and unoaked styles of Chardonnay, commonly produced in cool to moderate climates. This style is fermented and aged in stainless steel, preserving the delicate fruit characteristics of the grape.
Finally, rich and creamy styles of Chardonnay are typically produced in moderate to warm climates. This style is created by fermentation and/or aging in new - or partially new - oak barrels, and often goes through the process of malolactic conversion. This process softens the acidity and adds a creamy texture and buttery flavors to the final wine.
Watermelon White Wine Spritzer
This refreshing wine cocktail is easy to make, and even easier to drink.