Chardonnay comes from the Burgundy region of France, but today it is literally everywhere. So for my Chardonnay Day 2013 sip, I decided to go with an All-American bottle. Seriously, it's named in honor of one of the earliest explorers who first sailed to these shores. You can't get much more American than that (even if they didn't know what it would be called back then). Hence, I poured some La Merika Chardonnay (2011, 13.5%, California's Central Coast) into my glass.
The nose on this is green pear and green apple - those green fruits always add a little kick, don't they? I loved the way it tasted! The pear and apple flavors blended nicely and then a little toasty oak was added in for good measure. It finished of oak and apple, which left a tart citrus flavor in my mouth.
This is not a big, buttery Chardonnay. It is a more tart, fruitier Chardonnay. Sure it's got that oak going on - but hey, if it didn't, it would be a Sauvignon Blanc, right? A very lively wine for anyone who doesn't like an in-your- face Chardonnay. I'd buy it again and again (did I mention that it was $7.99? I should have).
So cheers to Chardonnay, cheers to explorers and a heartfelt cheers and thank you to all who have, do or will serve. (And yes, by those who do serve I include the Winey Son, aka The Winey West Point Cadet.)
Have a great, safe weekend!