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Wine Wednesday – May 6, 2015: Four Chardonnay Myths Debunked!

This Week In Wine 101: Setting The Chardonnay Myth Record Straight

Whether you’re aware or not Chardonnay is one of the most sought out wines in the world and few know what we here at TheGrape are about to share with you. In our typical simplified fashion we’d like to let you in on a few myths clouding this varietal and squash them, as simply understanding the various arrangements this varietal has undergone will broaden your horizons and add to your ever evolving love of this delicious white wine called, Chardonnay!


Chardonnay Myth #1: All Cheap Chardonnay Is Bad.

This myth could not be more wrong. In fact, Chardonnay grapes grow really well in various wine regions around the world. This adaptable nature, combined with a talented winemaker, can bring about a delicious and complex wine at a low price. Our Grape advice is, the next time you smirk at a discounted Chardonnay, think again! You might be missing out on a delightful deal. We’re confident you’ll feel differently about inexpensive Chardonnay after you’ve tried the following cheap Grape Certified Gold white wines:

  1. 2014 Man Family Chardonnay $11
  2. 2012 Les Jamelles Chardonnay $11
  3. 2013 Yalumba Y Series Unwooded Chardonnay $12
  4. 2013 Milbrandt Vineyards Traditions Chardonnay $13
  5. 2012 Paul Mas Estate Chardonnay $14
  6. 2014 Brampton Unoaked Chardonnay $15
  7. 2014 Vina Leyda Chardonnay $16
  8. 2013 Cave de Lugny Les Charmes Macon-Lugny $17
  9. 2013 Chateau de la Greffiere Macon La Roche Vineus Vielles Vignes $18
  10. 2013 Christophe Cordier Macon Vieilles Vignes $25


Chardonnay Myth #2: Big, Bold and Oaky Chardonnay Is Out of Style.

When it comes to aging the best Chardonnay wine, oak aging is never going to be out of style. Many of the world’s best Chardonnay’s spend time maturing or aging in new oak barrels. The key, however, is a winemaker that uses the oaky accent of the barrels in such a way that it actually enhances the white wines natural aromas and flavors, while not overpowering the wine. Creating Oaky Chardonnay is definitely an art and is one of several ways to produce a white wine full of flavor.

Here are some of our Grape Certified Platinum (1) and Gold (2-5) wine suggestions for you to try:

  1. 2013 Cakebread Napa Valley Chardonnay $45
  2. 2013 Olema Sonoma County Chardonnay $15
  3. 2012 Walter Hansel The Meadows Vineyard Chardonnay $32
  4. 2013 Patz & Hall Sonoma Coast Chardonnay $38
  5. 2012 Beringer Luminus Chardonnay $39


Chardonnay Myth #3: All California Chardonnay’s Are Big, Bold and Buttery.

This may have been the case in the 90’s but no longer! Many California wineries have moved away from the so-called oak-soaked wines to a more refined interpretation of Chardonnay. To do this, Chardonnay wine makers are using stainless steel vats to do the aging process; thus, removing the oaky flavor and delivering a more crisp and zestier wine.

Here are some of our Grape Certified Gold wine suggestions for you to try:

  1. 2013 Joel Gott Unoaked Chardonnay $18
  2. 2013 Balletto Teresa’s Unoaked Chardonnay $20
  3. 2013 Hendry Unoaked Chardonnay $20
  4. 2013 Morgan Metallico Chardonnay $22
  5. 2012 Marimar Estate Acero Chardonnay $29


Chardonnay Myth #4: Wine Connoisseurs Think Chardonnay Is Boring and Frown Upon It.

Ok, that’s it “aficionado,” we’ll take it from here! Look, anyone who says that there are no Chardonnay wines that are capable of expressing where they’re from, aging in a cellar and being uniquely distinctive, might need to find something else to critique because this couldn’t be further from the truth. Many Chardonnay wines from around the world meet these characteristics making them anything but blah and more like blaha!!!! This is amazing! To reinforce our argument to those naysayers, here are some Grape Certified Platinum wine suggestions for you to try.

  1. 2013 Varner Bee Block Chardonnay $48
  2. 2012 Antinori Cervaro della Sal Chardonnay $50
  3. 2013 Pahlmeyer Napa Valley Chardonnay $75
  4. 2012 Penfolds Yattarna Chardonnay $130
  5. 2012 Joseph Drouhin Chassagne-Montrachet Morgeot Marquis de Laguiche $135

So to conclude, there are a surprising number of delicious Chardonnay options out there whether your hang up is price, arrangement, distinction or the unknown. Trust us, put aside the myths, seek the truth, and you’ll find yourself enjoying the best Chardonnay has to offer! Be sure to like our post above and join the conversation below in the comments. Cheers from Chardonnay lovers at!


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