A Taste of Luxury…
(Shar-doe-nay) Chardonnay was the most popular white grape through the 1990’s. It can be made sparkling or still.
Food-wine pairing:it is a good choice for fish and chicken dishes.
Districts:chardonnay makes the principle white wine of Burgundy (France), where it originated. Chardonnay is grown with success in most viticultural areas under a variety of climatic conditions.
Typical taste in varietal wine: often wider-bodied (and more velvety) than other types of dry whites, with rich citrus (lemon, grapefruit) flavours. Fermenting in new oak barrels adds a buttery tone (vanilla, toast, coconut, toffee). Tasting a USD 15 Californian Chardonnay should give citrus fruit flavours, hints of melon, vanilla, some toasty character and some creaminess.
(Mer-lo) Easy to drink. Its softness has made it an “introducing” wine for new red-wine drinkers.
Food-wine pairing:any will do.
Districts:a key player in the Bordeaux blend, merlot is now also grown on the US West Coast, Australia, and other countries.
Typical taste in varietal wine: black-cherry and herbal flavours are typical. The texture is round but a middle palate gap is common.