Category Archives: chardonnay

Gruet Brut Sparkling

Looking for a Sparkling Wine with wonderful aromas of green apple and citrus mineral notes? If you pour yourself a flute of this beautiful Sparkling Wine you will be in for a treat. This Sparkling Wine from New Mexico offers bright, crisp acidity complemented by a touch of yeast on the delightfully long finish. This wine is produced from 75% Chardonnay and 25% Pinot Noir using the traditional Methode Champenoise.  Priced at the FO Costco at $13.99 this Sparkling Wine is as close to a Champagne that you can get for the price. This Sparkling is priced around $16-17 at other outlets.



Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of Eastern France …… but is now grown wherever wine is produced. The grape produces wines that are lean, crisp, and usually with high acidity and with characteristics of honey and tropical fruit. The region where the grape is grown will effect the characteristics of individual wines. Wines are usually medium to light bodied. Wines that have gone through malolactic fermentation tend to have softer acidity and fruit flavors with a buttery taste. Chardonnay wines can be aged either in oak or stainless steel.

The Chardonnay grape is also used in making sparkling wines, including Champagne. This grape continues to be one of the widely planted grape varieties.

*Malolactic fermentation, also know as MLF, is the process in winemaking in which tart-tasting malic acid, which is naturally found in grape must, is converted to softer tasting lactic acid.

Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay

Chateau St. Michelle Chardonnay is a great value and an awesome wine! This wine comes from Washington’s Columbia Valley and tastes of tropical fruits and a buttery flavor! You might pick up hints of pineapple, lemon and candied oranges. The oak influences carry this full bodied wine to a smooth finish! The Indian Wells retails around $9 and the Indian Wells around $14.