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Apothic Chardonnay

Chardonnay Unveiled: 6 Facts to Savor this Appealing White

What better way to usher in the warmer days ahead, to shift from winter days into the magnificence of spring, than with a glass of Chardonnay? With its refreshing crispness and vibrant flavor profile, it’s the quintessential springtime pour.

1. Burgundy & Beyond

Originating in the vineyards of Burgundy, France, Chardonnay has traveled the world, winning over palates, and thriving in varied climates. From down under in Australia to the golden sunlight of California, Chardonnay adapts, reflecting the unique essence of each terroir it calls home.

2. A Spectrum of Flavor

Chardonnay's taste is as diverse as its geography, spanning from bright and mineral-driven in cooler climates to rich and tropical in warmer regions. Its versatility shines, offering a range of experiences from the refreshing tang of green apples to the indulgent sweetness of honey and caramel.

Apothic Chardonnay
Apothic Chardonnay

3. Behind the Creamy Mystique

The secret to Chardonnay's often buttery flavor lies in oak aging and malolactic fermentation. This process softens acidity and adds a creamy texture, with diacetyl lending that distinctive butter-like flavor and aroma. Oak aging also add flavors and aromas that are often described as caramel, vanilla, or spice notes. Look for these notes in Apothic Chardonnay.

4. Serving Suggestions

Chardonnay is best served chilled. But the ideal temperature depends on its style. To experience oaked Chardonnay in its full glory, it should be served around 50-55°F to allow the complexity of its flavors and aromas to fully emerge. While decanting is not a necessity, introducing a bit of oxygen to Chardonnay helps to soften the wine and bring out subtleties.

5. Choosing the Right Glass

When it's time to pour, remember that each glass shapes your sip, so choose with the wine's character in mind. Chardonnay thrives in a glass with a round, generous bowl, inviting oxygen to mingle and awaken its deeper, richer flavors and aromas. Before you take your first sip, give your glass a swirl and let the aromas permeate up from the sides of the bowl, allowing the aromas to fully release.

6. Paired to Perfection

Chardonnay's bold acidity and full body make it a versatile partner for a wide array of dishes. It's at home with the opulent richness of seafood like lobster and scallops, as well as complementing the simplicity of grilled chicken or the freshness of a colorful summer vegetable risotto. For more pairings go here.

Apothic Chardonnay

Embrace the Unexpected With Apothic Chard

While we've explored Chardonnay in its many forms, Apothic Chard invites you to experience this beloved varietal anew. Apothic Chard offers a fresh look at Chardonnay, drawing from the unique climate of California's Lodi Delta region. A blend of crisp apple notes with touches of honey, caramel, and vanilla, complemented by Viognier's floral and tropical hints, Apothic Chard stands out as an approachable yet nuanced wine, inviting you to enjoy the subtleties of spring in every glass.
Here's to exploring the countless stories waiting to be savored.