Who hasn't tried Chardonnay? While it is the first wine that many of us ever taste, at its pinnacle, it is also the wine that many connoisseurs consider the single greatest white wine in the world. Think of Chardonnay as a set of pearls: versatile enough to wear with your favorite pair of jeans and elegant enough for the most formal, black tie affair.
Over the past century, no other white grape has captivated the world's attention as Chardonnay has. But what are its roots, where did it originate, and how do I make sense of the wine? After a recent trip to France, I took it upon myself to give a you a little more insight into these questions. First off, did you know that Chardonnay can describe three very different types of wine?