In case you haven’t looked at your calendar—or out your window—recently, spring has officially begun. And you know what means: So, too, has Chardonnay season.
Sure, we enjoy Chard and other white wines all year long, but there’s just something about bright yellow sunshine and a promise of dining outside in the days to come that makes a glass of the stuff seem that much more appealing.
One of the most popular grape varieties worldwide, Chardonnay is celebrated for its ability to produce outstanding pours in cool, moderate and warm conditions alike. It creates an array of dry styles that range from light, lean and elegant to full-bodied, rich and buttery, and lends necessary balance to delicate bubbly.
And thankfully, its flexibility goes for more than just wine: Chardonnay’s signature flavors and aromas lend themselves to all manner of food and other items as artisans increasingly infuse it into products outside of the vinous world.
Below, 10 other ways we’ll begin embracing Chardonnay this season.