The Chardonnay grape is the most planted white wine varietal in the world. It is grown in all the major wine making regions of the world. Chardonnay wine got it's start and earned it's reputation for great wine in the Burgundy region of France. Whether Chablis or Corton-Charlemagne the Chardonnay wines from this region set the quality level for every other growing area in the world to achieve. In addition, Chardonnay grapes are used in the Champagne region to make many of those sparkling wines. It is picked early there to maintain a high acid level and understate the fruit. The Chardonnay grape has been very successful in other areas of the world, most notably California and Australia. There are many great Napa Valley Chardonnays and Sonoma Chardonnays that have become staples in many fine wine collections. And Australian Chardonnays are becoming very popular and provide some stunning wine values as well. Wherever they are from you should buy Chardonnay wines at the Ultimate Wine Shop.
2010 was a perfect growing year for Chardonnay on our mountaintop. The winter was very cold and the rains persisted into early spring, resulting in a three week delay of bud break. Although this may seem a little esoteric to many,... Read More