Sunday, 21 April 2013

Wines of the Month (April)

Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape which originates in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France. Its success as the most popular white wine, aside from its attributes, are now grown not only in France, as well as in the USA, Australia, New Zealand and England.  This line of grape is popular with wine producers because it produces high yields, and its low maintenance vines will grow in a broad spectrum of climates.   The Australian and New Zealand  Chardonnays are noted for their butterscotch and golden syrup flavours.  In addition, Chardonnays boast an impressive range of flavours from the expected buttered, oak overtones to the fruity flavours of apple, pear, melon which creates a lasting palate impression.

Chardonnay will pair well with poultry dishes, pork or seafood, especially with Digby scallops.  Recipes which have a heavy cream or butter base will also pair well.

Cabernet Sauvignon
Cabernet Sauvignon (often shortened to 'Cab Sav') is one of the world's most widely recognized red wine grape varieties.  It is grown in nearly every major wine producing country.  It is often referred to as the 'King of Red Wine Grapes', hailing originally from Bordeaux and which has a significant presence in California's wine producing areas.   It is rivaled by its Bordeaux 'Merlot' and its opposite contender, 'Pinot Noir'.  Favouring warmer climates, it is most successful in Australia, Chile, South Africa and New Zealand.  Although, the powerhouse productions are found in France and Italy.  A common question asked relates to the difference between Merlot and Cab Sav. The answer is that they are made from different grapes.  Merlot is often described as a softer and more supple wine than the Cab Sav.   Cab Sav is described as having a bit more backbone and tannic strength than Merlot.  One of the most noted traits of Cabernet Sauvignon is its affinity for oak, either during fermention or in-barrel ageing.

Cab Sav is best paired with red meats, flavourful and heartier (red) pastas, in particular, penne arrabiata, strong-flavoured cheeses and dark chocolates.

  1. wine-searcher: Chardonnay
  2. wine-searcher: Cabernet Sauvignon
  3. wikipedia: Chardonnay
  4. wikipedia: Cabernet Sauvignon
  5. Chardonnay

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