How To Choose The Perfect Summer Chardonnay
New Zealand Chardonnay with Jessica Altieri
Author: Jessica Altieri |
Join Jessica Altieri, Americas Wine and Water Sommelier for a “Sommelier Summer Sip”. Creamy and buttery to steely and crisp, there is a Chardonnay for everyone! That’s the blessing of the Chardonnay grape: it’s so neutral, winemakers and their soils can bend it like Gumby. Or Pokey. Chardonnay is one flexible wine. Join Jessica Altieri for a must try favorite chardonnay from New Zealand.
Diversity. Versatility. Here in the U.S., we defend and protect those traits. Well, the New World Chardonnays grown on U.S. soils defend and protect them, too. U.S. Chards are NOT like those grown throughout the world. There’s more to a great Chard than just big, bold and buttery. Put crisp white Burgundy on your divine-wine radar!
There’s Chard (wine) and chard (leafy green). And actually, when the greens are lightly sautéed in garlic, the two go well together. What food to pair with your Chard depends on the particular style of the wine. But you can’t go wrong serving creamy pastas, roasted chicken or fresh fish.
The Unforgettable Kiss
I have two great Chardonnay memories. The first came from a live-streamed interview with Master of Wine Michael Brackovich. As host of New Zealand Wine Day, I’m used to wine bigwigs talking the talk. But when I praised his stellar Chardonnay, Michael— with an international audience watching—leaned right in to the camera to promote the International Screwcap Initiative he helped launch Down Under. The screwcaps vs. corks debate riles up all wine lovers. It’s a saucy debate. That day Brackovich proclaimed, “the future is screw caps.” And you surely cannot fault his award-winning wines!
My second eye-opening memory came at a Landmark Vineyards wine dinner, where I got to create my own “blend” and play winemaker for a day. A few weeks later, when I received my very own Chardonnay blend in the mail, that not so noble wine shouted to the rafters, you are NOT a winemaker!
- Kumeu River Chardonnay
- Mirrasou Chardonnay 2011
- Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay 2011
- Landmark Vineyards Overlook Chardonnay Sonoma County 2011
- Mount Eden Vineyards Santa Cruz Mountains Chardonnay 2009
Join Jessica Altieri, Beverage Director at Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts for all your summer sips.