International Chardonnay Day is celebrated each year on the fourth Thursday in May. Here are 10 facts to help you learn more about a wine made infamous by Bridget Jones!
Ten Chardonnay Facts
1. A cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc created Chardonnay.
2. Chardonnay is the most widely planted white grape variety around the world.
3. Chardonnay is blended with Pinot Noir and sometimes Pinot Meunier to create Champagne or Methode Cap Classique. “Blanc de Blancs” on a sparkling wine label, tells you that you are drinking 100% Chardonnay.
4. There weren't many girls named Chardonnay in the UK before 2002. Following the popularity of the TV programme “Footballer’s Wives”, the name shot up in popularity polls.
5. Cooler climates Chardonnay presents with green apples and more acidity while Chardonnay from regions with warmer climates produces citrus, melon and peach tendencies.
6. French or American oak is often used to age Chardonnay which imparts vanilla, butter and coconut among other aromas.
7. Some Chardonnays have a texture described as creamy or smooth. This is created through the process of malolactic fermentation, whereby malic acid is converted to lactic acid.
8. Chardonnay should be served between 9ºC and 12 ºC with unoaked varieties at the lower end of the scale and oaked varieties at the top end of the scale.
9. Unoaked Chardonnays are best served with light and delicate seafood and poultry dishes or cheeses, while oaked Chardonnays are best paired with toasty, smoky or creamy dishes.
10. Legend has it that around 800AD, Charlemagne's wife became annoyed with the red wine stains on his beard and demanded that he stop drinking wine. Rather than stop, he changed to drinking white wine and ordered that white grapes be planted in his vineyard.
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