Chardonnay is a white wine that originated in the Burgundy region of eastern France. Chardonnay is now one of the most widely planted grape varieties with over 400,000 acres worldwide. In 2005 California accounted for almost 25% of the world's Chardonnay plantings with nearly 100,000 acres. The number one white wine varietal sold in America is Chardonnay. Chardonnay wine grapes are green in color, thin-skinned, and ripen early in the season. Harvesting time is very crucial to Chardonnay winemaking as the grape loses it acidity rapidly as soon as it ripens. Chardonnay wines are best presented in a smaller bowl wine glass. The optimum serving temperature for Chardonnay is 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Chardonnay wines they have the potential to be paired with a diverse spectrum of foods. Chardonnay is most commonly paired with roasted chicken and other white meats like turkey. Chardonnay wines that have been influenced by heavy oak pair well with smoked fish, spicy Southeast Asian cuisine, garlic, and guacamole dips.
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