Chardonnay – the grape and the wine
(Classic tasting notes: vanilla, tropical fruit, nuts, subtle apples and butter)
Chardonnay is the primary white wine of Burgundy. One of the most popular wines in the world. Other than its home in Burgundy, the best Chards come from Washington State, Oregon, Ontario and California.
You can find it unoaked, allowing the native characteristics of the grape to shine, or oaked (aged in French or American oak barrels). French oak imparts a milder flavor than American. Watch for distinct aromas and flavors of butter, tropical fruit and a hint of apple in most Chardonnays.
Food Pairing: serve with grilled fish such as salmon or trout. It will also pair well with seafood such as lobster or scallops. A nice salad and boiled baby potatoes will complement the protein.