Category Archives: Chardonnay

Where did you get that brain Igor?….From a grave named Abby Normal master!

2006 X&Y Margaret River Chardonnay, Margaret River, Australia $17.95 LCBO #048561

When I was younger, I remember reading Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and thinking how misunderstood that poor beast of a man was. Cobbled together from spare parts, Frankenstein’s monster didn’t know it was a monster until someone told him so. The same could be said for this week’s wine.

The 2006 X&Y Margaret River Chardonnay is a prime example of how winemakers tinker with nature by adding and subtracting elements in and out of the wine making process. The end result is often a disjointed wine that has all the right elements but lacks that intangible force that pulls the whole package together. To put it in familiar terms, this “mad scientist” wine might have human DNA, but the bolts in its neck and it jerky movements gives away the monster within. The X&Y Chardonnay has typical flavours of citrus, vanilla, and oak and would go well with chicken or salmon. As for cheese, I would recommend trying it with a Brie or mild Gouda.

At $17.95, this isn’t a horrible wine. I just think there is nothing terribly special about the way it was put together. I would take a pass…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on February 2, 2009 in Australia, Chardonnay, White Wine


A Sonoma beauty

2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Russian River Ranches Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, California, USA $24.95 LCBO #608653

This week’s wine is a beauty! The 2006 Sonoma-Cutrer Chardonnay is a really well put together white wine with flavours of tropical fruit, vanilla and butter. What makes this wine so accessible is the hint of sweetness that lingers on the finish. It would make the perfect gift to yourself or someone you love. (How’s that for a Hallmark moment?). This wine would pair very well with roast chicken, baked sea bass or halibut.

I also wanted to start something new this week. Going forward I wanted to help out all you cheese lovers by recommending a good cheese to serve with the wine that I am recommending. Try serving this wine with a young Gouda.

I would definitely recommend that you pick up a bottle or this wine. Even at $24.95, this wine is a great deal…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on December 15, 2008 in California, Chardonnay, White Wine


The best sparkling wine outside of Champagne

Roederer Estate Anderson Valley Sparkling Brut, California, USA $28.75 LCBO #294181

I have waited all year to share this gem of a wine with you all. In the world of sparkling wine, it is almost impossible to find a good one under $30 dollars. Well at $28.75 this one hits the mark.

The Roederer Estate Anderson Valley sparkling wine is not only an amazing value, but has the flavour punch of a sparkling wine four or five times the price. The Roederer Estate has flavours of apple and citrus with a hint of yeast on the nose. I know you are all thinking…sparkling wine is always served for a special occasion or as an aperitif. The truth is this wine will go amazingly well with sushi…I promise.

Now for the educational part of this review…how to open a bottle of sparkling wine without putting your dates’ eye out. The trick to opening a bottle of sparkling wine is simple. First wrap your left hand firmly around the cork and with your right hand grasp the bottom of the bottle. With the bottle squarely in your hands, twist the bottle with your right while holding the cork stationery. The bottle will open with a small pop and will keep the cork from flying across the room. Plus, spraying good sparkling wine everywhere isn’t sexy…it just means you have to clean up later…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on December 8, 2008 in California, Chardonnay, Sparkling Wine


Simple…but guilt free drinking

2007 Hardys Stamp Series Chardonnay/Semillon, South Australia, Australia $9.95 LCBO #335638

After last week’s great response to my bargain basement red wine recommendation, this week’s wine selection should make all those white wine drinkers feel a little less left out.

The 2007 Hardys Stamp Series Chardonnay/Semillon is a delicious white wine, and at $9.95 it will supply you with endless guilt free drinking. This un-oaked chardonnay and Semillon blend is very easy drinking and has flavours of green apple, peaches, and a hint of banana. It would pair very well with a meaty fish like salmon or a pasta with cream sauce.

This is an uncomplicated wine that is meant to be drunk now. I would definitely recommend that you go out and pick up a couple bottles of this wine. It’s another great example of the fact that good tasting wine doesn’t need to cost a bundle…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on December 1, 2008 in Australia, Chardonnay, White Wine


One of my favourite Cali Chardonnays!

2005 Lincourt Chardonnay, Santa Barbara County, California $25.95 LCBO #069195

This week’s wine is a complete knock out! I love it when I buy a wine that totally exceeds my expectations. It reminds me of why I love wine.

The 2005 Lincourt Chardonnay is from California’s Santa Barbara region. Despite the fact that it sits under the shadows of the world-renowned Napa and Sonoma Valleys, wines from Santa Barbara often outperform their better-known competition when it comes to flavour and price. The Lincourt Chardonnay is definitely one of these wines that has risen to the occasion. It has very well integrated flavours of pineapple, tropical fruit, banana and oak. What sets this wine apart is how full bodied it is, while still remaining in balance. The end result is an amazingly luscious wine.

The only red flag with this wine could be its $25.95 price tag. Despite this, the 2005 Lincourt is one of the best California Chardonnays I have tried in a long time. I know the LCBO didn’t buy a lot of this wine, so hurry! You won’t be disappointed…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on September 29, 2008 in California, Chardonnay, White Wine


French comfort wine

2006 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay, Burgundy, France $20.95 LCBO #933077

Sometimes the act of going into the LCBO to pick a bottle of wine can be down right overwhelming! The endless rows of bottles can start to make your head spin. If you are anything like me, thinking sometimes hurts. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a great “go to” wine that can make your life simpler? You know…that familiar wine to go with a casual “comfort food” meal at home.

This week’s wine is all about familiar comfort. The 2006 Louis Jadot Bourgogne Chardonnay is my “go to” wine. It’s a jack-of-all-trades white with flavours of lemon, vanilla, tropical fruits and a touch of oak. This wine will go with a wide range of foods from roast chicken to grilled salmon. It even goes well with buttered popcorn. (If you don’t believe me, you should try it…trust me.)

At $20.95, this wine provides consistent quality on every bottle you open. So the next time that you get a brain cramp at the LCBO, this wine may be the comfort that you are looking for.

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Posted by on July 28, 2008 in Chardonnay, France, White Wine


Errazu…not so good

2007 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay, Casablanca Valley, Chile $11.80 LCBO #318741

I guess it was just a matter of time. In the 10 weeks since I started “Adam’s Wine of the Week” I have been pretty good at picking wines that delivered on the promise of great wine at a great price.

Well…this week’s selection from Errazuriz Estates, one of Chile’s largest (and most well known) producers, is a wine that I can’t recommend regardless of its low price of $11.80.

That being said, it’s just as important to understand what makes this wine stand at the back of the pack while others of equal value shine. The truth is the 2007 Errazuriz Estate Chardonnay from Chile’s Casablanca Valley has all the elements to be a good wine. It has solid flavours of lemon, pineapple, cream, and a hint of vanilla. The problem is that the flavours seem to be not well integrated. They seem to attack your taste buds one at a time.

I know that we are getting into technical wine terms, but think of the concept of “integration” in terms of a car. Some cars are like a Ferrari, seamless with all the pieces fitting perfectly together allowing the collective whole to take on a grander aura than just being a car. While others are more like a Yugo. It has all the same basic parts of the Ferrari, but the pieces just don’t seem to fit together well. Unfortunately, this wine is a Yugo…but that’s just my opinion. Let me know what you think.

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Posted by on June 23, 2008 in Chardonnay, Chile, White Wine

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