Wine & spirits: Chardonnay
In wine and spirits, as in love, finding your ideal match is an exciting journey. So allow me to introduce you to Chardonnay, a complex global wine that wears many hats – from fun and flirty to bold and serious. Start sipping today and find your perfect pairing.
A global grape
Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape varietal in the world, which means there’s a ton of regional options to try, including ones from Ontario, British Columbia, California, France, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Chile and Argentina.
Most traditional sparkling wines are made with a combination of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes – without Chardonnay, we wouldn’t have those amazing bubbles! When a sparkling wine is made with 100 percent Chardonnay grapes, it is often called “Blanc de Blanc,” translating to white of white.
Oaked vs. unoaked
Chardonnay that’s been aged in oak barrels has characteristics of texture and body that can be described as creamy or buttery. These wines are often full-bodied and higher in alcohol content. When they age, they begin to take on notes of butterscotch, toffee and nuts, such as almonds. Chardonnay can be light and crisp when it is unoaked or lightly oaked. This makes it ideal for easy sipping and a great addition to white-wine blends. When tasting light-bodied Chardonnay, you’ll find notes of citrus, pear and apple, typically balanced with great acidity.
Chardonnay à la française
If you’re shopping for a French Chardonnay and the bottle isn’t explicitly labelled, look for delicious white wines from Beaujolais, Chablis, Mâconnais, Meursault, Montrachet, Pouilly-Fuissé and Burgundy, which are made from Chardonnay grapes.
Discover the taste
Winemakers all over the world love working with Chardonnay because it’s a versatile grape that tastes magical. Revered at the dinner table, it’s a great pairing for a variety of foods, especially chicken, fish and cream sauces, and comes in many forms, including sparkling and still, sweet and bold.