Join the world in raising a glass of Chardonnay on May 6, 2010! All day, around the world, people will be tasting Chardonnay and sharing their impressions with other wine lovers worldwide. From the big, rich buttery chardonnays to the crisp, fruity chardonnays you can find a Chardonnay to match almost any palate, if you know where to look and what to pair. That is what this Worldwide Chardonnay Virtual Tasting, sponsored by Rick Bakas, is all about. This virtual tasting is defined to celebrate and educate about the diversity and possibilities of Chardonnay from around the world. I will let others espouse the virtues and styles of Chardonnay while we focus on Washington Chardonnay.
- Try tasting an unoaked Chardonnay like Airfield Estates 2009 Chardonnay or The Buried Cane 2007 Chardonnay side by side with an oaky buttery Chardonnay like the 2008 Rulo Birch Creek Chardonnay or Côte Bonneville Estate 2007 Chardonnay.
- Chardonnays can be pricey but you get a really nice table Chardonnay for under $15 like Chateau Ste Michelle Columbia Valley Chardonnay or make your money do double duty with O Wines Chardonnay. Portion of your purchase proceeds will go to fund scholarships for low income, high potential youth!
- Don’t forget bubbles! Blanc de Blanc champagne style wine is Chardonnay!
- Try single varietal Chardonnay wine along side Chardonnay blend such as Domiane Pouillon Deux, a Chardonnay and Vionier blend.
- Chardonnays range from bone dry to dessert wine sweet. We might be opening our last bottle of Icicle Ridge Winery Chardonnay Ice Wine that night.
- Still not sure which Chardonnay to try? Here is a list of Chardonnay and Chardonnay blends that we have enjoyed and reviewed over the past year.
One of our favorite things is to do, is to invite friends to bring some tasty tidbits to pair with a variety of wines that we provide. Mix and match to find your favorite pairings. Here are some suggestions:
- Try some Domaine Ste Michelle Blanc de Blanc with your scrambled eggs. Remember this virtual tasting is a 24 hour tasting. Your breakfast time is 5 o’clock somewhere in the world!
- Pair a crisp fruity unoaked Chardonnay with a salad, with a light citrus dressing for your lunch.
- Try a buttery oaky Chardonnay with rich, creamy dish like Succulent Scallop Chowder. It’s become one of our “go-to” pairings!
- Nancy suggests trying her Truffled Chicken with the Rulo Birch Creek Chardonnay.
- I love Ken Wright Celio Vineyard Chardonnay with Nancy’s Baked Crab Cakes, especially with a side of buttered corn, seriously delicious.
- Nancy also provides suggestions to pair her classic wine lover’s risotto recipe with Chardonnay.
- Try pairing a variety of Chardonnay with a cheese plate. The characteristic of your Chardonnay will determine the best pairings. A Blanc de Blanc will go with almost any cheese. The sweeter Chardonnays will pair with the stinky and salty cheeses. The crisp and bright Chardonnays will pair nicely with the soft and creamy cheeses.
How to join the Virtual Tasting
As Rick Bakas states, all you need is some Chardonnay and access to Twitter.
- RSVP via EventBrite, not required but it is fun to see the different regions of the world represented
- Use your own Twitter account or access a shared tasting Twitter account, available at some public tastings. (Note: due to our crazy schedules, we will NOT be hosting a public tasting this time, sorry)
- Drink your Chardonnay and share your tasting impressions with the world utilizing the hashtag #Chardonnay
- Follow along the conversation by setting a Twitter search to #Chardonnay, using Tweetdeck, Seesmic, Twitterfall or Tweetchat.com so you can read what others are drinking.
What will be in YOUR glass on May 6, 2010?