Overall, I’m not a big fan of Chardonnay. I’ve always tried to enjoy this wine and understand the addiction surrounding it. Mostly, I want to join in the hoopla that makes this wine one of the most popular varietals today.
Strangely enough, even with my dislike, I continue seeking Chardonnay out, thinking this time will be different; the Chardonnay my palate accepts as friendly. This one will be THE ONE. And sometimes it is…but most of the time it’s a disappointment, at least for me.
Chardonnay is made in many different styles. I am not a fan of the oak-bomb, buttery-popcorn Chardonnay, popular for longer than I can remember. I tend to linger toward a fruitier style Chardonnay, aged in stainless steel.
So the other day at my local wine haunt I was on the hunt for something interesting, something new to grab hold of my palate and take charge.
I saw the regular worker guy, he was up on the ladder stocking shelves…
Me: Hey man, how’s it going?
Wine Guy: Hey, great! You’re back. What are you looking for today.
Me: Oh, Chardonnay again. I’m still searching.
Wine Guy: (still up on the ladder) You gotta get the man.
Wine Guy: The man, you gotta get em’.
Me: I have a man. I want Chardonnay.
Wine Guy: I know. You need it. The man.
Me: No. Are we talking about wine? I want a fruity Chardonnay.
Wine Guy: (randomly pointing across the store) I know. The man is what you want.
Me: Dude. Are you screwing with me? I want Chard. One that I’ll like. Fruity. No oak. Clean. Probably not something from California.
Wine Guy: (smiling, hard) The man is awesome.
Me: Am I in the Twilight zone? Could you please stop cryptically talking to me!
Wine Guy: Ah, you’ve never been introduced to the man.
Me: No. Is he here?
Wine Guy: Not literally.
Me: (walking away) I’ll come back later (WHEN THE CRACK YOU SMOKED WEARS OFF).
Wine Guy: (comes flying down the ladder) No, I’m kidding. Really. I’m kidding. The man is right over here.
Me: Oh geez, please stop.
Wine Guy: Here it is…
Me: Oh. So, “The MAN” is wine.
Wine Guy: Yeah, I said that.
Me: No, you didn’t. But it’s okay (you screwball. Doesn’t he know I am not there to joke. I mean me joke…no, never).
Wine Guy: You’ll like it. I know you will.
Me: You think I’ll like the sexist wine? I didn’t like the jokes.
Wine Guy: I know, but usually you’re nicer.
Me: I think you know me too well. But I’m going to give you a big, WHATEVER, anyway.
2006 MAN Vintners Chardonnay South Africa $9
So at first the Name of the winery kind of turned me off. Was this some big, macho, amped up, wine that only men felt they could make or drink?
But then I started investigating this winery, as I have a natural curiosity for this type of information. And it turns out the winery was started by three men who used the first initials of their wives names to name their new venture; Marie, Anette and Nicky.
Okay, now I felt bad.
But anyway the wine was really good. It was void of all the complexities that so many Chardonnay’s posses and I dislike.
This wine was refreshing, light and clean. It was the kind of Chardonnay I often craved. Heavy on tropical fruit. Melon. Pineapple. Then the aromas of the stone fruits, peach and apricot became apparent. The finish rounded and easy.
This is an extremely versatile wine. It could go with almost anything. Seafood, pasta primavera’s and for some reason I’m thinking Chinese food would be some initial great pairings.
I hope you get a chance to try this wine, whether you’re a Chardonnay fan or not. I think you will really enjoy it.
So what is everyone out there drinking tonight or what did you have last night?