This is Dyanna. We both love tacos, Gilmore Girls, staying in on a Saturday night and of course - wine. The one thing we differ on is Chardonnay. I love the stuff and feel the 90's gave it a bad rep. Dyanna disagrees, and since I am always up for a wine debate, I present you with her side (the wrong side) of the Chardonnay story. Enjoy! – Julia
A hotly debated topic between Julia and I is the taste of Chardonnay. Julia will speak in long prose about how a good Chardonnay can be buttery, soft and lovely - she almost makes me want to drink it and then I remember what I think it tastes like: old gym socks. 90’s association. Yup, that’s right, I love wine, but hate Chardonnay.
I know, you’re thinking “But what does 90’s Jennifer Anniston have to do with Chardonnay aversion?” The answer: EVERYTHING. To me, oaked Chardonnay is what Rachel Green would drink after she landed a new job, or broke up with that really cute guy with that one weird thing that they centered the whole episode around. It has the scent of sour vinegar and the mouth feel of what I imagine being a twenty-something in the 90’s tasted like - thick and kind of like Evian water. That cold hit of acidity is a normally welcome feeling on my tongue - tracing a trail of sensory memory all the way down my throat into my stomach, but bringing a glass that I imagine looks like this:
to my lips makes me shudder. The seemingly unnatural yellowness makes me anxious. I’m forever searching for how to bring the best of the 90’s back, but for me, Chardonnay and all Chardonnay associations can stay in the past. Forever.
So please, pass the wine - just not Chardonnay.