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April Wine: Chardonnay
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 8:08 am    Post subject: April Wine: Chardonnay Reply with quote

Chardonnay is one of my favorites, partly because each one is very different. Chardonnays from different places can be paired with pretty much anything, from chicken to tomato sauce to stir fry, since they range so wildly in acidity, body, oakiness and sweetness.

Here's a blurb from Wikipedia:
Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It is believed to have originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown 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 segue into the international wine market.

The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the elegant, "flinty" wines of Chablis to rich, buttery Meursaults and New World wines with tropical fruit flavors.

Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne. A peak in popularity in the late 1980s gave way to a backlash among those wine drinkers who saw the grape as a leading negative component of the globalization of wine. Nonetheless, it remains one of the most widely-planted grape varieties, with over 400,000 acres (175,000 hectares) worldwide, second only to Airén among white wine grapes and planted in more wine regions than any other grape – including Cabernet Sauvignon.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 12:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hip Hip Hurray for Chardonnay!

(uhm, yeah, I'm a geek)

Good choice Bob!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Perfect...!! I have some really nice Non-oaked chards in mind Smile
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Ok... I'm in this month! I still need to send that cork screw out from last month! I need an intern! I am hiring a new in-house ad rep today who is a delightful gal so that should take some of the pressure off me so I can PLAY again!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay!!! Babs can come out and play!!!!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man , I was hoping for Alberin`o . Are we doing straight up Chardonay or can blends be included ? You mentioned Chablis ....

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I hope a blend is OK, one of my favorites is a Semillon-Chardonnay
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 1:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shane: Heh, I actually have notes on several chards that I've drank over the last couple months. One was a Cali one that was surprisingly non-oaky. I think I'll post about that one first.

Larry: I don't mind blends, I'm easy going. I say if it has a chard in it, it's in.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 2:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

sweet Exclamation I'm in .
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 02, 2009 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yay!! My wine party will be on Good Friday this year!
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