May 23, 2013

International Chardonnay Day

“Give me books, French wine, fruit, fine weather and a little music played out of doors by somebody I do not know.” - John Keats

It's International Chardonnay Day!
(Please note: this is a floating food holiday. It occurs on the fourth Thursday of May each year.)

Today is the perfect day for wine enthusiasts to go back to their roots and for wine newcomers to dive in head first. Chardonnay is an easy to drink, relatively uncomplicated white wine that's one of the top selling varietals in the world.

Chardonnay originated in France, but it's now pretty universally made. And it's one of the three main grapes used in champagne. The chardonnay grape is considered both versatile and malleable, meaning it's neutral flavor is affected by the "terroir" (meaning the "zipcode" [more technically, the soil and climate] it was grown in), where it was aged, how it was fermented, and even the battonage (which is when the lees - i.e. the yeast sediments that fall to the bottom of the barrel - are stirred).

And now you're all the wiser, foodies!

Today, I went with Blue Fin. Cheap? Yes. Drinkable? Totally. It went perfectly with both the pizza and peppermint patties I ate, so really that's all that matters!

If you celebrate, make sure you tag your Twitter posts with #Chardonnay or #ChardDay! Now - get to drinking!

Happy International Chardonnay Day!