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Chardonnay is one of the most produced wines in the world, recently it’s got a bad reputation for the sweet and oaky brands BUT don’t write it off. Chardonnay can be fresh and zippy or rich and creamy with everything in between. Warmer areas tend to produce more tropical flavours and fuller styles than cooler and oak ageing adds creaminess. If you’re not keen on oak, remember that French oak, is as a rule, less sweet than American.

Things you should know

Top Tip: With chardonnay you get what you pay for, so give the cheapies a swerve and splash out instead for a good one.
Specific Food Match: Lots of things! Unoaked with fresh tomatoand herb flavours, oaked with richer more savoury flavours like Roast Chicken or anything wrapped in pastry. Steer clear of the hot spices
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