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The Daily Taste: Friday May 26th, 2022 – Happy International Chardonnay Day!

This week I have been taking an in-depth look at the process of making wine in a commercial winery Today I was going to talk about the importance of temperature in fermentation especially in white wines racking and settling but since Thursday May 26th is International Chardonnay Day I decided to celebrate Chardonnay instead Monday I will discuss the rest of the aspects of fermentation especially for white wines I first want to say Happy International Chardonnay Day to all the Chardonnay lovers out there There are few things better than a good Chardonnay with friends and family Chardonnay continues to be the most popular white wine variety in the US by a mile According to Wine-Searcher s 2021 California Wine Grape Crush Report Chardonnay despite a 16 smaller crop statewide remained the most crushed grape in CA just beating Cabernet Sauvignon by making up 15 2 of the 2021 crop This is no surprise since it seems like every winery in CA has more than one Chardonnay offering To celebrate International Chardonnay Day I have decided to share with you The Obsessed with Wine top 5 Chardonnays Now I haven t tried every Chardonnay out there so these are all wines that I personally have experienced and enjoyed Tis list will not include any Chardonnays from Aubert or Kistler because I am still on the waiting list for these wines Someday they may be on this list 5 Bogle Chardonnay This Chardonnay is one of the best values in Chardonnay and it comes from the little-known Clarksburg AVA near the Sacramento Delta This Chardonnay is 50 Barrel Fermented and aged 9 months in New American Oak Barrels You can find this wine in most grocery stores for less that 9 00 If you haven t tried this Chardonnay and are looking for a great every night Chardonnay this one is for you 4 Cakebread Cellars Chardonnay This Chardonnay is made from grapes grown in Carneros one of the best sites for growing Chardonnay due to the warm days and the cool evenings provided by the San Pablo Bay This Chardonnay is barrel fermented in French Oak Barrels and aged on the lees for 8 months before bottling This Chardonnay can be purchased for 40 00 3 Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay This is one of the most historically significant Chardonnays you will ever have due to its showing in the 1976 Judgment of Paris and what it did for California wines This Chardonnay is made form grapes all over the Napa Valley and does not go through Malolactic Fermentation It does see some oak but it has a nice balanced fruity flavor This wine can be purchased for around 60 00 2 Berringer Private Reserve Chardonnay This Napa Valley Chardonnay is made from grapes all over Napa Valley Its full bodied with light toffee and cream notes This Chardonnay is a good value for 36 95 at Wine com And finally the Obsessed with Wine 1 Chardonnay is 1 Rombauer Chardonnay This is one of the most recognized Chardonnays in the US and wins awards every year for its popularity and quality You ask any Chardonnay lover for their top 5 Chardonnays and I guarantee you Rombauer will be on their list This wine is made from grapes grown in Carneros is barrel fermented and sur lees aged It has a beautiful lush palette and a creamy round mouthfeel This wine is a bargain at only 39 99 at Wine com I will post my top 5 Chardonnay list on the Obsessed with Wine Website Just click on the link for the Daily Taste Segments and click the link called Happy International Chardonnay Day I will also place links for some of these wines and a code from wine com if you want to buy them at a discount Don t forget to listen to an all-new episode of Obsessed with Wine podcast on Saturday May