Let’s start off with why everyone should learn more about chardonnay: it’s everywhere. Literally. Planes, weddings, work events, Applebee’s; you name it, they serve it. Despite having a bad wrap as a crappy white wine, chard was very popular in the ’80s and ’90s. That’s when the “chard boom” began, infiltrating the wine market. We’re here to end chard’s bad rep.
So let’s keep an open mind here, people. What has chardonnay ever done to you? Look past the ripping headache it gives you the next morning. (Let’s face it- no matter what kind of wine you drink, if it’s under $15, you’re going to be feeling it tomorrow). Here are some interesting facts about the infamous white wine:
1) The chardonnay has been produced for centuries, but it really made headlines when a California chard beat a French one in the 1976 Judgement in Paris. That made the plantings in Cali skyrocket by 1,000%. Currently 40k acres worldwide grow the specific grape. Chard ain’t going anywhere fast.
2) Chardonnay is one of the grapes used in champagne. You can even get a bubbly that is 100% chardonnay (called blanc de blanc). We’re willing to give it a try this NYE.
3) This wine is popular among celebrities. It’s a favorite of Alanis Morissete, Jeff Gordon and Kurt Russell. Isn’t it ironic? And if that isn’t enough to win you over- chardonnay has its own branded bottles from shows like Downtown Abbey and Duck Dynasty.
4) Pinto is part of chardonnay’s family tree. DNA testing has confirmed that there are pinot vines in one of chard’s parents. #FamGoals
5) It can be very expensive. Four out of the five most expensive bottles of white wine ever sold were all made from chardonnay. All came from the France’s Burgundy region, chard’s birthplace, and the prices ranged from $1,000 to $6,000 per bottle. We don’t recommend ordering this on the first date.
Next time you’re walking down the wine aisle, give chardonnay a chance. We think you might actually love it.