A World of Chardonnay is Coming to Ontario

By / Wine + Drinks / July 16th, 2014 / 1

Last week I mentioned that the i4C (International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration) was being held in Niagara, Ontario (July 18-20, 2014) and pitched to you a few Ontario Chardonnays you should be trying to celebrate the occasion.

But it’s not just Ontario wineries that will be there: 58 wineries from 9 countries totaling 117 wines will also be present.

This week I’ll pick a half dozen more Chardonnays for you to celebrate with, but this time we’ll look at some from around the globe. Enjoy.

Rodney Strong 2012 Chardonnay, California ($19.95)

There’s peach and apple with smoked / grilled pineapple and a creamy texture with spiced lemon drop and some grilled peach on the finish.

Domaine Vincent Sauvestre 2012 Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy ($18.95)

Mineral and citrus along with a touch of vanilla settles into the long vibrant finish.

Catena 2012 Chardonnay, Argentina ($19.95)

Vanilla and hints of butterscotch lift the nose and there are some toasty peach nuances on the palate.

Lander-Jenkins 2011 Spirit Hawk Chardonnay, California ($19.95)

Mango / pineapple and vanilla hint at the complex character of the wine to come; mouth-filling finish along with good acidic backbone for freshness. A real charmer with length to spare.

Bayten 2012 Chardonnay, South Africa ($17.95)

Apple, pear and peach along with the addition of vanilla and hints of butterscotch, and a nice spicy finish.

Dirty Laundry 2012 Not So Knotty Chardonnay, British Columbia ($26.95)

Pear and floral tones on the nose with pleasant exotic fruits on the palate.

For more wine suggestions, see our other #WineWednesday posts.

Michael is an award-winning journalist: Promoting the Promoters Award Cuvée 2010 and Ontario Wine Awards Journalist of the Year 2012.  He is also a national and international wine judge - Ontario Wine Awards, All Canadian Wine Championships; Best of Riesling — Germany; Essencia do Vinho — "Top Wines of Portugal".  He is currently the President of the Wine Writers Circle of Canada and the wine columnist for Ottawa Life and Grand magazine as well as regular contributor to Tidings, and Grapevine ... his reviews have also appeared in the LCBO Vintages magazine. Michael has also added a YouTube channel to his activities where he reviews bottles of great Ontario wine on a weekly basis. In whatever he does, it is Michael’s desire to educate, inspire and encourage others to grow their own love and enthusiasm for wine – and to realize that it is their palate that ultimately makes the decision.

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