Over the past few weeks, I’ve had the privilege of tasting an assortment of wines, while residing in the south of France for the summer. As a naïve college student, you can only imagine the types of wines I would consider to be fine.
I am learning and becoming a lover of white wine; more specifically, chardonnay. Although chardonnay is a white wine, contrary to popular belief that white wines are sweet in nature, Chardonnay is almost always dry.
I absolutely love the Fragrances of Wine Blanc perfume as it shows off so many characteristics of the wines we are tasting in class. It’s almost as if I submerge myself in a cloud of white wine, soaking in all the aromas, but not coming out smelling like alcohol!
Chardonnay is on old world wine, now being grown in new world areas like Australia and New Zealand. This grape variety can be grown in both temperate and warmer climates, and these climates will directly impact the flavor of the wine. This being said, chardonnay grapes grown in warmer climates offer a flavor of tropical fruits, while those grown in cooler climates give off a green-apple flavor.
Chardonnay is unique in that it is one of the white wines that undergoes a process in winemaking which gives us that buttery flavor. This being said, often times one can taste hints of vanilla, along with sweet spices like cinnamon. These warm flavors are due to the level of toast that the oak barrel that stored the wine underwent. Vanilla and cinnamon flavors are directly correlated with a moderate toasted oak.
This wine is high in complexity, and its taste evolves into a full body. Its lengthy finish is fruity and refreshing.
I’ve always been somewhat fearful of red wines. I tasted a red wine at a family gathering in the eighth grade and swore that was as close as I would ever get again… Until now. As mentioned, I am so lucky to be living in the south of France for the course of six weeks; and better yet, I get to live with a French family, and fully immerse myself in this beautiful culture. What I’ve learned so far is that red wine and French culture are one in the same.
Between class, extra-curricular wine tastings, and dinner with my host family night after night, I’ve tasted my fair share of red wines; for a person with my level of expertise, of course. Cabernet Sauvignon is an Old World wine from the famous region of Bordeaux. This wine is dry and tastes of dark fruits like cherries, with a vanilla aroma. The best part? If you are a foodie like myself, this wine is a great compliment to any meal, especially steak!
Like I said, I have a long way to go, but if there are other red wines like Cabernet Sauvignon, I’m in for a real treat!