August 5, 2016

Why You Should Give Chardonnay Another Chance

Food editor Kristen Eppich dishes on the white wine that’s having a moment.
House & Home Food Editor Kristen EppichIf you’re not fond of chardonnay based on your memories of flabby oaky whites, it’s time to revisit the grape. Cool climate chardonnays being produced in Canada and around the world offer a fresh, crisp take on their warm climate counterparts.

I recently spent three days at the International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (i4C) in Niagara and although I went into it appreciating cool climate chardonnay, I left being a full-on fan. Here’s what I learned about it, and why you should seek out a bottle during your next visit to the wine shop.

The flavors: Green apple, ripe peach, mango, fresh citrus, tropical fruit and ripe pear.

The characteristics: Rich, robust, fresh, vibrant, and elegant. Cool climate wines are not associated with being creamy or buttery.

What to pair it with: Lobster, fish, cheese, creamy dishes, popcorn, pork or anything with truffles. It can even stand up to steak.

Where it’s grown: Everywhere from South Africa to Oregon, Ontario to France and many places in between.

Fun fact: Cool climate chardonnay is the most versatile white wine, and the world’s most popular grape.