Chardonnay is one of the most popular white wines in the world and has some distinct qualities that separate it from other vintages.
What is Chardonnay?
Chardonnay is a versatile green grape with a neutral flavor. Although it originated in the Burgundy region of France, it is now grown all over the world. The grape is used as a key ingredient in sparkling wines, including champagne. However, when processed alone, it produces a dry white wine by the same name, often with characteristic flavors of apple, melon or butter.
The adaptability of the grape makes it highly sensitive to the area and conditions in which its grown and produced, environmental factors that are known in the wine world as ‘terroir‘. This makes for a range of flavors and characteristics in the final product as per the research by RR Walker from the Cooperative Research Centre for Viticulture. It is one of the few white wines that are aged in oak, which can often be a key factor in the flavor palette. This popular white wine tends to be at the higher end of the content spectrum, at 13.5%-15% ABV.
According to David M Goldberg, Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology, University of Toronto, Canada, when consumed in moderation, the potential health benefits of this white wine include:
- Helping to maintain a healthy heart
- Keeping the body looking young
- Aiding in monitoring Type 2 diabetes
- Lowering the risk of cancer
- Reducing the risk of
- Improving bone density
Chardonnay vs Pinot Grigio
Let us take a look at the difference between these two drinks.
- Texture: Chardonnay is a richer and more full-bodied wine than the light and crisp Pinot Grigio. Chardonnay tends to be drier of the two wines.
- Varieties: As a more sensitive grape variety, there is greater variation in the Chardonnay wines than in the Pino Grigio wines.
- Alcohol content: Chardonnay often has a higher content than Pinot Grigio.
This white wine variety should always be served cold. Due to the richness of flavor, it is well-paired with complex and rich meals as per a study by Robert J. Harrington, Ph.D., of Hospitality and Tourism Management, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario, Canada; such as the following:
It’s always best to drink any alcohol in moderation in order to avoid intoxication and other unpleasant side effects, such as the following:
breastfeeding women should avoid the consumption of alcohol, as it can have negative implications.and