Know your wine grapes
From Cabernet Sauvignon to Gewürztraminer, wine grapes around the world feature complex flavors and aromas.
The oaky Chardonnay
Considered the queen of white wine grapes, Chardonnay is one of the most widely planted varieties in the world. You'll find it in Italy and the U.S. among other places.
The Chardonnay grape is extremely malleable, with much of its flavor derived from the land and climate it's grown in, as well as whether or not it's aged in oak. In cooler climates, one might expect crisp notes of peach or melon, while warmer locales tend to influence fig, honey or tropical fruit flavors. Aged in oak barrels, some Chardonnays feature vanilla and hints of spices.