Chardonnay Sale – June

Glass of Chardonnay with Grapes on a table

Attention Fans of Chardonnays!

Glass of Chardonnay with Grapes on a tableIf you are a fan of Chardonnays, Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery just gave you a reason to get excited!

For a limited time, bottles of Chardonnay are on special throughout the month of June.

We invite you to stop by the winery and receive a complimentary bottle when you purchase a bottle of Chardonnay.

As an extra bonus, we invite you to taste the 2014 Reserve Chardonnay, which received Double Gold at the American Wine Society Wine Competition for only $2.

Don’t miss out on this great offer.  This is a great opportunity to stock up!

About the Chardonnay

Chardonnay Wine being poured into a Glass

The Chardonnay is one of the most popular of the wine varietals in the world.  That makes this wine one of the most important for producing wines.

Along with being popular, the Chardonnay grape is very versatile.  They can be used to make classic Chardonnay wines, sparkling wines, Champagnes and even desert wines. In addition, they are also great grapes to use to blend with other wine types.

Their versatility is not limited to just wine-making styles, they can be produced in a variety of regions, soils and climates.  They tend to prefer cooler climates, but tend to adapt well in a wide range of atmospheres.

Due to their versatility and unique characteristic to adapt to a wide range of environments, this grape variety can be found around the world.  they can be found in the most famous wine regions including: America, Australia, Chile, Argentina, South Africa, Italy and France.

Their popularity transcends all boundaries and is a mainstay at almost every restaurant and shop that features wines around the world.

History of the Chardonnay

Chardonnay White Wine in a Glass on top of a Wine BarrelThe origin of the Chardonnay grape is believed to date back to the Roman Empire.  The grapes were originally grown in Burgandy, France where it was referred to as the “White Burgandy”.

The Chardonnay peaked in popularity in the 1980s and 1990s.  The popular styles at that time were rich in oak tones and buttery.  Although, tastes have changed, but this taste profile still remains popular today.

Tasting Profile of the Chardonnay

Glasses of ChardonnayWine-makers have developed many ways to create the Chardonnay wine.  Chardonnay wines can be aged in oak barrels to give a strong oak taste or in steel barrels to maintain a refreshing and clean taste as well as a range of taste profiles in between.  The wine-maker can also soften the tart acids in the grape to give a smoother, more buttery or creamier notes through malolactic fermentation.

Depending on the ripeness of the grapes, the Chardonnay can have a taste profile that ranges from tart citrus fruits like lemons or smoother tart fruits like pineapples.  Chardonnay wines will likely have hints of berries, citrus, or fruit such as, Lemon, Apple, Pear, Pineapple, Jackfruit, Passionfruit, Peach, or even Fig.  Depending on the growing environment, Chardonnay wines can also include hints of earth minerals, herbs, spices, flowers which includes, Apple Blossom, Lemon Zest, Citrus Peel, Celery leaf, Beeswax, Lemon balm, Honeysuckle, Wet flint rocks, Saline Solution, Vanilla Bean, Almond, and Jasmine.  Oak aging can also add hints of Vanilla, Baked Tart, Butter, Pie Crust, Caramelized Sugar, Creme Brulee, Dill, Coconut, or Praline.

The tasting profile ranges based on the wine-makers’ preferences and processes.  This allows for great versatility and variety in the wines between wineries and regions.

Chardonnay Food Pairings

Glass of Chardonnay with Cheese on a Wooden CrateDue to the variety of flavors that can be produced when producing a Chardonnay, the foods that the wine pairs with can also be vast.  Most commonly, Chardonnay wines pair well with soft cheeses like mild goat cheeses and cow cheeses.  They also pair well with Meats with earthy herbs like Tarragon, Parsley, Thyme, Lemon Zest, Marjoram, White Pepper, Shallots, Poultry Seasoning, and others.  They are an ideal choice to pair with meats such as, Chicken Breast, Turkey Breast, Pork Loin, Halibut, Trout, Cod, Sturgeon, Oily Flaky Fish, Atlantic Salmon, Lobster, Crab, Scallops, Shrimp, Clams, and Oysters.  Vegetarians will enjoy a glass of Chardonnay with vegetables like, Yellow Squash, Peas, Zucchini, Asparagus, Sun Chokes, White Mushrooms, Truffles, and Almonds.

They versatility, rich history and variety of styles makes the Chardonnay wine a truly unique journey in tastes.

Be sure to stop in and taste the award winning 2014 Chardonnay that is available at Blue Valley Vineyard and Winery.