A big buttery Chardonnay tasting…

If I had a dollar for every woman who has asked me over the past year: “Why is there never any Chardonnay at the office drinks?”, I’d have enough to buy a bottle of Grand Cru Chablis.

Chardonnay’s got stiff competition these days.

Since its big buttery peak in the 1980s, Chardonnay has grown from fewer than 100,000 hectares globally to nearly 200,000 hectares in 2010 (that’s the latest stat’ I could rustle up, but  email me, if you have a more recent one).

Here in New Zealand, Chardonnay’s remained pretty static over the past decade. In 2006, there were 3,779 hectares of Chardonnay and today there are 3,361 hectares. Compare that to  Sauvignon Blanc, which had 8,860 hectares and now has 20,000… or Pinot Gris; 700 hectares to 2400, and then some.

We may not be able to put all these stats to right for Chardonnay lovers, but we can taste the world of big buttery Chardonnays – and we’re doing it on Thursday 9 June at Regional Wines & Spirits in Wellington.

We will compare and contrast Chardonnays from New Zealand, including Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay and Pegasus Bay Chardonnay alongside Burgundy’s Louis Jadot Meursault – and many more. All wines will have their identities concealed… until we have tasted them.

The event will highlight Chardonnay’s subtle side too… well, not too subtle. We know most wine lovers on the hunt for Chardonnay want it with all the big bells and whistles.

So, come and find them at The ABCs of BBCs tasting on Thursday 9 June at Regional Wines in Wellington; 6pm to 8pm. Everyone’s welcome, bookings are essential, book here… Regionalwines.co.nz