The rebirth of cool is kicking off today in Niagara, as the world’s top cool climate chardonnay producers gather together with wine lovers to celebrate the grape. In the video below we chat about the event and what makes this style so different from other chardonnays and wines …

The second annual International Cool Climate Chardonnay Celebration (mercifully i4C) will showcase 110 chardonnays and 50 winemakers with tastings, dinners and fun events where guests can blend their own wine, participate in a boot camp challenge and do other crazy things to reaffirm their love of this style of chard.

Joining me today is Brian Schmidt winemaker at Niagara’s Vineland Estates Winery to talk about this cool wine. We’ll post part two of our conversation tomorrow.

 

 

2010 Vineland Estates Chardonnay Musqué, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
Lovely! Spring apple blossoms and honeysuckle with a crisp, dry finish. Mouth-watering and food-friendly. Drink: 2012-2015.  996793  13%  XD  750 mL  $17.95  Score: 89/100.

 

 

2008 Vineland Pinot Blanc, Niagara Escarpment, Ontario
Clean and crisp with mild aromas of white melon. Pair with: rich seafood, chicken in a butter or cream sauce.  164467  11%  D  750 mL  $16.95  Score: 87/100.

 

 

 

 

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Is there someone else with a fascinating wine story whom you think I should interview? Please e-mail me: natdecants@nataliemaclean.com.

 

Vineland Estates Winery