Deep Rooted Love

(13/30) If you’ve followed me for a few months you know that I have a deep-rooted love for Chardonnay. Yes, I said Chardonnay. Chardonnay may the most disrespected grape variety. Yes, I said it. Why? To be blunt there are some poorly made chardonnays out there. Chardonnay is a widely planted grape because of its ability to grow in various climates. So, there are many producers bottling chardonnay even if their efforts should be elsewhere. Karen MacNeil discuses in @WineBible, “Chardonnay is often said to be a winemaker’s wine”- meaning that winemakers like it for its capacity to be transformed by lots of winemaking techniques. Barrell fermentation, malolactic fermentation, sur lie aging…” Translation- there can be a lot of hocus pocus going on at some wineries when making chardonnay: some of it magical other just disastrous. In the right hands, in the right location, Chardonnay is majestic. I know you’ve sipped a lot of frogs, but trust me, your prince/princess has come. Let me introduce you to the 2014 Inman Family Russian River Chardonnay. This is Chardonnay grown in the right place made by the right hands. A combination of 60% stainless steel and 40% new French oak barrel fermented, winemaker Kathleen Inman gives Chardonnay skeptics hope. This wine is elegant, creamy with apples, pear and citrus flavors.

Regine Rousseau

Regine Rousseau is the CEO of Shall We Wine, author of Searching for Cloves and Lilies. She is a TV personality. Rousseau holds a Level II Certification from the International Sommerlier Guild and a Bourbon Stewart Certification from Stave and Thief.

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