Chardonnay is the color of pale straw. Its flavors include apple, butter, melon, nuts, pineapple and if oak aged—vanilla. Old World style is medium in body, and New World style is full bodied.
Chardonnay is the most famous white grape. It has spread from Burgundy, France all over the world. Today Chardonnay is grown in Burgundy, Champagne, California, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.This grape is a seasoned traveler but is influenced by its climate. In cooler regions it makes wines of a firm structure, In warmer regions its wines are softer. Due to its popularity New World Chardonnay suffered from overproduction a few years ago, which led to a decline in quality. Since that time many California winemakers have evolved their Chardonnay style away from the over-oaked, heavy buttered Chards to a more Old World Burgundian wine. Pair Chardonnay with egg dishes, Mediterranean cuisines, grilled pork, tuna, salami, vegetable terrine, and pan fried fish, and a variety of seafood and poultry.
Chardonnay is also a hit with popcorn. So buy or rent French Kiss or A Good Year. Put on you PJ's, pop a cork on a California Chardonnay or white Burgundy, and pop some corn.