If you believe rosé was the wine for summer, then Chardonnay will definitely be the juice for fall.
This versatile grape can be found almost everywhere wine is grown. It comes in a wide range of flavors and textures, from crisp-apple versions that are housed in stainless steel, to buttery-rich drops soaked in oak.
As we stare autumn in the face, here are a couple of fantastic Chardonnays to get you rolling:
Want to get weird? Try this Chardonnay from two dudes named Dick and Bill over in northern Santa Barbara. This wine is crazy cool just for the sheer fact it was grafted onto Riesling vines back in the day. Which, oddly enough, gives the wine some tropical notes of pears, peaches, great acidity and tons of balance.
It’s an ideal mix of sprightly, lighter wines and the heftier taste you’d expert from a Chard. Awesome for the smooth transition from summer into fall.
New Zealand (aka Kiwi Land) isn’t just Sauvignon Blanc and sheep. It’s also home to some of the best Chardonnay out there! Jules is a sweet lady with a strong passion for winemaking – and an even stronger liver. She pumps out hand crafted classics every year that gain a lot of attention.
This wine has tons of texture. It’s packed with layers of complex aromas such as ripe yellow apples, lemon, white peach and a kiss of oak.
Nicholas Ducos is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a Certified Sommelier. He’s worked in many prestigious restaurants in Miami, Florida. As a chef and as a sommelier, he is dedicated to creating a memorable dining experience and making wine relatable to others in a witty yet refined style. Nicholas is currently the Assistant Winemaker at Heritage Vineyards in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. Follow his latest adventures through his website and Instagram.