Chardonnay (Shar-doe-NAY) - Possibly the world's best known white wine grape. Known as white Burgundy in France, this grape is planed worldwide. Chardonnay wines can range from crisp and fruity, to rich and buttery depending on the growing region, temperatures, fermentation types and aging. Cool climates produce light to medium bodied wines with high acidity and crisp fruit flavors. Warmer climates tend to produce wines with richer, deeper flavors. Chardonnay that has gone through the added Malolactic fermentation process are softer in their acidity and fruit flavors and can have a buttery mouthfeel. Oak aging adds to the deep flavors of vanilla and hazelnuts.