Tag Archives: chardonnay

Germany, Stainless Steel and Wine Recognition – An Unlikely Trio

When you think ‘Wine Country’ you probably think of rolling vineyard-studded hills in France, Italy or California first. You probably don’t immediately think of Germany. But as of this year, you’d be wrong to count Germany out. Indeed, as wine journalist Lettie Teague has recently written in her WSJ series, ‘How German Winemakers Are Quietly […] Read More »

Oak, Steel & Beyond: Where a Chardonnay gets its Flavors

Despite a stint of stigma, Chardonnay is the most popular variety of wine in America. But a Chardonnay can be a lot of different things. There are any number of different flavors and approaches to a Chardonnay – the most common including oak, butter, fruit or mineral flavors. But while it may seem obvious that […] Read More »

Bright, Unoaked Chardonnays for a Bright Spring

After a boom of popularity in the late 90’s to early 2000’s, Chardonnay has taken a lot of heat. Beyond market saturation, the issue was that many winemakers were oaking (or over-oaking) this crisp, bright grape. While oak is critical for a high-scoring red wine, it is detrimental to a Chardonnay. Luckily, the more winemakers […] Read More »

Chardonnay Isn’t Going Anywhere: The 2016 California Grape Crush

The California Grape Crush, an annual report on the region’s wine production, pricing and more, has just published their 2016 findings and America’s favorite wines are alive and well. Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon remain the dominant grapes in the U.S. wine country, with Chardonnay accounting for 16 percent of the total crush making it the […] Read More »