Of all the white wine grape varietals, surely the one which has spread the furthest and is most widely appreciated is the Chardonnay. This green skinned grape is now grown all over the Old and New Worlds, from New Zealand to the Americas, from England to Chile, and is one of the first varietals people think of when considering white wine grapes. Perhaps this is because of its huge popularity which reached a peak in the 1990s, thanks to new technologies combining with traditional methods to bring the very best features out of the Chardonnay grape, and allow its unique qualities to shine through. Most fine Chardonnay wines use a process known as malolactic fermentation, wherein the malic acids in the grape juice are converted to lactic acids, allowing a creamier, buttery nature to come forward in the wine. No grape varietal is better suited to this process than Chardonnay, which manages to balance these silky, creamy notes with fresh white fruit flavors beautifully.
For over five thousand years, Lebanon has been producing wines. This ancient and proud country has been involved with viticulture for longer than almost every other location on earth, and there are plenty of historical records demonstrating how Lebanese wines were in high demand by the ancient Egyptian Pharaohs, just as they are popular with those looking for something unique and delicious to this day. The vast majority of grapes cultivated in modern Lebanon are of French origin, with many Bordeaux and Loire Valley varietals being grown in large quantities in the more temperate eastern part of the country. However, there is increasing enthusiasm for native varietals, and we can expect to see more and more wines made with indigenous Lebanese grapes in wine stores around the world over the next few years.