Chardonnay is a grape that most everyone is familiar with and most wine drinkers love it. Originally from the Burgundy Region of France, chardonnay is now planted all across the World with great success.
Chardonnay wines are often inarticulate in youth but will blossom with time producing complex aromas of nuts and butter, toast and cream, wild mushrooms and meadow flowers. Their structure while dry can offer great richness with a wide variety of tastes including; lemon, melon peach and apple while still imparting the same creamy, nutty, buttery notes in the wines aroma.
Chardonnays from California often have a silkiness to them with great substance of flavor combined with high alcohol levels and a ripe, fruity character.
Australian chardonnays tend to range from the rich, pollen scented, fiery Hunter Valley chardonnays to the tapered elegance of the chardonnays from Mornington Peninsula and Adelaide Hills.
Sauvignon Blanc's origins are from Bordeaux being one of the two parents of cabernet sauvignon.
Some of the most easily recognized white wines with fresh, zesty aromas come from the Upper Loire Region at Sancerre and Pouilly-Fume.
A consistent challenger for the sauvignon blanc crown comes from New Zealand's Marlborough Region. While these wines lack the edge of the sauvignon blanc's from the Loire they make up for it with their exuberant leafiness, green sap, gooseberry and zingy lime.
The creamy, dry Graves style is grown in warmer regions like California and Australia.
The cooler regions of South Africa, Constantia and Darling Hills, produce a crisp, elegant sauvignon blanc as do the Casablanca and San Antonio regions of Chile.
Welcome to the Must Love Wine Group for New York City. Once we have enough members we will pick group leaders and officers to run the group and arrange local wine tastings and get togethers for those that wish to partake. I have a few hundred invitations to send out so hopefully the group grows quickly and can be turned over to the new group leaders for this NYC Wine Group.
If you know of any good wine bars or wine dinners coming up please post them here so the group knows. Thanks.