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As we end another month in what has been a hectic year, it’s just right that we celebrate our wins no matter how big or small it is. Heck, we can even celebrate just surviving almost the first half of the year.
If surviving a busy work week isn’t enough reason for you to celebrate, then Chardonnay Day should do the trick. For a relatively “new” holiday a lot of people who don’t know much about this holiday, step up your Chardonnay game and trivia! Boozy’s got you covered on 5 Fun Facts about Chardonnay that you probably didn’t know:
1. In America, Chardonnay Day is celebrated the Thursday before Memorial Day Weekend
3-day weekends aren’t just a Filipino thing. Americans also celebrate their own 3-day weekends and one of the most awaited 3-day weekends in their calendar is Memorial Day Weekend. To kickstart Memorial Day Weekend they started celebrating Chardonnay Day to begin their festive celebrations. Rightfully so as each sip of Chardonnay is a celebration itself.
2. Chardonnay originated from France
Now we know where Chardonnay got its fancy pronunciation from! The first bottles of Chardonnay were produced in the Burgundy region of eastern France. But is now produced globally for its demand and rich taste.
3. Chardonnay is one of the most planted grape varieties in the world!
Yes, this elegant wine is actually easy to grow. Chardonnay grapes can be grown in different climates so it’s no surprise that it’s being produced from different parts of the world. This means more Chardonnay for everyone!
4. Chardonnay takes its name from the village of Chardonnay in the Mâcon region of Burgundy and was spelled differently.
Over the years Chardonnay was spelled differently. It has been spelled as Chardenai, Chardenet, Chardonai, Chaudenet, and Chateneit before the standard spelling of Chardonnay was adopted in modern times.
5. UK Moms in 2002 started naming their kids as ‘Chardonnay’
Probably the funniest fact among the group. This may have been caused by a TV Character from the show “Footballers’ Wives” but some may have just wanted to call their child by their favorite wine and there’s no harm in that!
Still wanting to know more about Chardonnay on its special day? Well, what better way to get to know this elegant wine than getting a bottle of your own today! Get to know the different variations of Chardonnay that best suit your taste for this year’s celebration, whether it be the likes of Australian bottles such as Jacob Creek, Hardy’s VR, and Blowfish, or California’s delicate Chardonnays like Canyon Road, Copper Ridge, and Redwood Creek, and everything in between. Here are some of Boozy’s best bottles to accompany you on this festive day.
1. Jacob’s Creek Chardonnay 750ml P599
Australia’s own version of this French classic will surely surprise you. Each sip of this pale straw wine is accompanied by an aroma of zesty citrus that leads you to that melon and stone fruit flavor. Get ready to be blown away when you pair this with roasted chicken or a creamy plate of pasta.
2. Hardys VR Chardonnay 1L P449
This medium-bodied bottle from the South Eastern Australia Region is filled with juicy fruit characters of melon, yellow nectarine, and hints of vanillin. This wine makes sure that each sip you take is an adventure of flavors for you. This brilliant and clear spirit is best paired with a tray of your favorite semi-soft cheeses.
3. Blowfish Chardonnay 750ml P449
Photo from @blowfishwine
Another medium-body coming from the ‘Land Down Under’, Blowfish Chardonnay brings the fresh spirit of the South East Australian Region to your dining tables. Each sip brings you the taste of tropical fruits and vanilla. Its soft texture is perfect for light meals such as salads and cheeses.
4. Canyon Road Chardonnay 750ml P499
If you’re a big fan of California and cinnamon, you need to put this bottle in your cart ASAP. The straw yellow with green hues of Canyon Road Chardonnay takes the form of a medium-bodied bottle. A chilled glass is filled with cinnamon spice and is complimented by a blend of the acidity of a crisp apple and ripe citrus flavors to compliment that pasta dish you have been craving for.
5. Maycas Queb Seca Chardonnay 750ml P1,449
Hailing from the elevated Quebrada Seca vineyard this light yellow wine is accompanied by an aromatic scent of flint and lime that represents its origin and heritage. Being near the pacific ocean brings out the natural flavor of each sip. It also has an acquired salinity to balance the crisp pear and lime flavor it brings. For a complete Chardonnay day experience, pair this delicate bottle with your seafood of choice. We recommend a hearty serving of crab cake, smoked salmon, or lobster to go with this refreshing bottle of wine.
6. Copper Ridge Chardonnay 750ml P449
A perfect balance of creaminess and acidity. The Copper Ridge’s flavor is enhanced with hints of toasted oaks and brown spice. The Malolactic fermentation process brings out the flavors that represent California. A glass of this white wine is best served when chilled and is best paired with light salads or grilled chicken, perfect for your next e-numan or dinner dates at home.
7. Redwood Creek Chardonnay 750ml P499
Get ready to be enticed by the sweet aroma of ripe apple and hints of oak with every bottle of Redwood Creek. This rich and flavourful bottle captures the essence of California’s abundance of natural resources such as desert plains, soaring mountains, and pristine beaches. It gives you that sunny California day vibe to go along with the plush vanilla flavors it offers. A chilled glass of Redwood Creek is sure to keep you cool especially when paired with poultry, fish, and cream-based pasta.
8. Montrouge Chardonnay 750ml P549
Montrouge hails from the country of origin of Chardonnay, France. For Chardonnay fans, this is one of the bottles you should opt for on this festive day. This pale straw wine with golden hints gives you hints of peaches and lychees with an aftertaste of dry fruits. This full-bodied bottle brings out a simple yet refreshing note on each sip especially when paired with light salads and a tray of your favorite cheeses.
9. Cloudy Bay Chardonnay 750ml P1,999
Marlborough’s own full-bodied bottle of Chardonnay is all about complexity and balance. Hints of apricot paired with grassy herbs balance each other out at the core of the flavor of the wine. Its added hints of fruity and subtle smoky oak add a deeper layer to the complexity of each sip. A sure treat for you and your friends this Chardonnay Day.
10. Little Yering Chardonnay 750ml P899
Little Yering comes from the heart of the Yarra Valley in Victoria. The area where the vineyard is located is known for its cool and elegant climate which allows the wine to build acidity and a strong aroma. Serve chilled to at least 10 degrees to extract the best quality and flavors in each sip.
11. Montes Classic Chardonnay 750ml P999
Grown and produced in Central Valley, Chile, the Montes Classic represents the best of Chilean culture and drinking. Each sip of this medium-bodied palate offers a refreshing acidity with a fruity finish at the end. It’s accompanied by an aroma of lively white fruits such as pineapple, white peach, and ripe mango. Serve chilled to enhance that pure and rich flavor that’s perfect for Chardonnay Day.
12. Bread and Butter Chardonnay 2017 750ml P1,395
Photo from @breadandbutterwines
Bread and Butter blends American and French oak to produce a bottle filled with notes of vanilla bean and almond husk. Its creamy hints make each sip to be reminiscent of a crème brûlée. Each hint of creaminess is joined with bright acidity to harmoniously balance the flavors of each sip. Serve chilled for best quality on this festive day.
You have every reason to slow down. Take time to relax and unwind with your favorite bottle of Chardonnay. If you’re still looking for a reason to celebrate just look at our list and you have 12 reasons to choose from.