Learn about Chardonnay Wine

Written by Nerello Glasure

The Chardonnay grape variety is a classic white wine grape grown all aroundrepparttar world. It is atrepparttar 113099 top, as probablyrepparttar 113100 world's favorite white grape variety.

Where It Grows The Chardonnay grape grows everywhere. The exact origin of Chardonnay is hard to trace, but its reputation was established inrepparttar 113101 Burgundy region of France. Winemakers love Chardonnay becauserepparttar 113102 vines are easy to grow, and have a high yield. Chardonnay is one ofrepparttar 113103 few grapes inrepparttar 113104 world that does not require blending. However, it is also blended with Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier to produce Champagne.

Wine Characteristics It is widely known for producing excellent full-bodied wines. The cooler zoned climate Chardonnay grapes produce an abundance of fruit flavors. You can pick up apple, pineapple, orrepparttar 113105 hint of peach. The warmer climate Chardonnays may have less ofrepparttar 113106 fruits but develop wonderful honey, vanilla, and roasted flavors that really fillrepparttar 113107 mouth.

Understanding Wine Grapes

Written by Nerello Glasure

You will find that one ofrepparttar easiest ways to get to know your way around wine flavors is through grape varieties. Each grape variety has specific characteristics. In some regions, one grape variety is used to make a wine; in others, winemakers blend several varieties in a single wine. To help you identify grape varieties, below is an overview of each ofrepparttar 113098 major red grapes and their characteristics.

Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Sauvignon isrepparttar 113099 big daddy ofrepparttar 113100 red wine world. It is likerepparttar 113101 Chardonnay, as it is widely planted and distributed. The result of this is that there are so many versions of this grape. Many people think of Cabernet Sauvignon as being a wine that needs to age, but that is only becauserepparttar 113102 best red Bordeaux need age. Most non-premium varieties are ready to go right away. Under ideal conditions, it produces an aromatic, tannic wine that ages and evolves to be both elegant and powerful. Perfectly balanced Bordeaux is one that has classic notes of black-currants, cedar, cigar boxes, pencils, mint and dark chocolate. Sounds delicious!

Gamay Forrepparttar 113103 most part, you will find Gamay produced as Beaujolais. It mainly grows onrepparttar 113104 hills in south Burgundy. The aroma of a young Gamay is described as a wave of cherry and strawberry fruit. Onrepparttar 113105 palate, Gamay wines are bright and crisp. They are moderate in alcohol and have very little tannin. Wines from Gamay grapes are ideal for all kinds of foods.

Merlot Merlot started out as a Cabernet Sauvignon in Bordeaux and has risen to international popularity. The great wines of Pomerol and St. Emilion in Bordeaux are based on Merlot with Cabernet inrepparttar 113106 blend. These wines show Merlot at its toughest and most intense. Merlotīs popularity is because it is softer, fruiter, and earlier maturing than Cabernet Sauvignon and displays some ofrepparttar 113107 same aromas along with mint, and tobacco. In general, drink Merlot young.

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