It’s December! You know what that means? Wine advent calendar time!
Tonight’s treat was a California Chardonnay. I’m not that big into Chardonnay, but I would choose a California Chardonnay over other regions. This one was balanced and light, with enough oak to satisfy those who love Chardonnay, and enough citrus acidity to satisfy me.
The wine is branded for the advent calendar, so figuring out the mystery of its origins is a bit tough, but the back of the bottle holds some clues. La Chapelle de Guinchay, a region in Eastern France; that must be where the grapes are grown. Bottled by Paul Sapin, a French winemaker. Imported into California and branded a California wine – does that mean that Paul Sapin has facilities in California?
At any rate, my little mini-bottle of Chardonnay hit the spot at 12.5% ABV, and a nice balance of oak, lemon and vanilla. Excellent when shared over video chat with my dear friend, enjoying the wine and catching up on life.