So, here I am in the office. It’s barely noon as I write this, and yet I am dipping into a magnificent glass of wine. I know, I know… I am at work, and it’s early. But tonight is my night off! and this wine is just too good. I couldn’t possibly write about it thoughtfully without drinking some. Surely impossible, and inauthentic. So I consider it an occupational hazard that I must endure for the time being. Poor me.
It occurred to me this morning that I have not blogged about a Chardonnay yet. This is literally a perfect choice to break that spell. I will also let it be known that I LOVE a good Chardonnay. Emphasis on the good. Likewise, I also loathe (in my opinion) a nasty Chardonnay. In all of 2009, I can’t really say I found a California Chard in this price range that I loved- the last one I recall loving for $14 was a French Chard called Les Morizottes that we poured by the glass at Cellar and Solstice for quite a while.
**pause to pour a bit more wine in the glass**
The reason Chardonnay is such a cool grape is that it can take on so many different characteristics. I read somewhere that it has been called the “chameleon” of grapes because of this. I find that for my taste, a nice light unoaked chardonnay is where it’s at. Chardonnay has a natural mineral content that is really beautiful when it is expressed well. Most people don’t associate this with Chardonnay, as California has made a habit of producing very rich, buttery, oaked Chardonnay. As Jerry Seinfeld would say, “not that there’s anything wrong with that.” I like a rich, elegant Chard too- but from my experience it is harder to find one that is “good” by my standards in the $15 or so price range.
See? here it is, in the office with my paperwork…
Which was a loooong winded way of saying (sorry, I get wordy when I drink wine at noon) that this Stainless Chard from Chamisal is DELICIOUS!!! Fresh, lively, clean and vibrant. Notes of pineapple, honeydew melon, green apples, citrus, and a nice light spice on the finish. This is a cheerful, sunny, pretty wine. Also, on the plus side, it is one of those wines that looks a lot more expensive than it is. The packaging is simple and tasteful and they call it “stainless” rather than unoaked, which for some reason makes it seem more high-tier. Sounds like a genius marketing team was at work here, which truthfully, is okay with me. I love to think about the reasons people buy things, and something as simple as a different wording is enough, psychologically speaking, to boost sales. Fascinating.
We will have this at the wine sale tomorrow, Saturday, January 16th from 12-2 at Cellar on Greene in Five Points for $13!! And I’d venture a guess that we will put it on by the glass starting next week. If you stop in, ask me for a taste and be prepared to have your ear talked off (in a good way). Thanks for reading and Cheers to Friday! Hope you all started off your weekend at noon like I did…
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