Wine-Down Wednesday- Oak, or not to Oak

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You either love the flavor of oak in wine, or you do not. I just happen to love wines aged in french oak, or any oak for that matter! While having a beautiful glass of golden raisiny Oaked Chardonnay one evening, I was inspired and began a poem with this phrase…

I love the ride of a splintery oak barrel while I am drinking its juice…”, and it has stuck with me since.

Chardonnay Grapes are of the white wine grape varietal, and are grown all around the world. They produce one of the most widely loved wines, although at one point they were considered passe due to it popularity and wine enthusiast preferred. These grapes once fermented can take on so many flavors and is easily paired with many dishes.

The most popular region for growing Chardonnay Grapes is Burgundy in France and it is thought that this is where Chardonnay wine originated. Most people believe that Chardonnay grapes were first cultivated by ancient vineyards when they began cross-pollinating between Pinot grapevines and Gouais Blanc grapevines.

One good Oaked Chardonnay bottle that ranges $25 and under is Neyers Chardonnay. We’ve enjoyed past vintages of the Carneros regions of this wine. This wine scored 93 Points by the Wine Spectator, and 90 by Robert Parker.

I believe they ever have not lost their allure to food and wine enthusiasts around the world because of their compatibility with so many dishes. Especially ‘Oaked’ Chardonnay’s. These wines can go with heavier sauces, as well as hold up to heavy ingredients, as opposed to lighter white wines. They are great sipping wines. Oaked bottles of Chardonnay are know for their buttery flavor. Making them perfect for my high butter fat sauce in this recipe for White Chocolate Saffron Scallops, and White Chocolate Saffron Braised Fennel Bulb with Black Truffle Carpaccio (you can find the recipe on her blog).

Chef E, Chef/Owner CookAppeal

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