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MAY 22, 2014


It’s May 22, which means…it’s National Chardonnay Day! This gives wine lovers everywhere a day to appreciate the fine delicacy and tastes of Chardonnay — and an excuse to pour yourself a glass of the diverse wine.

Chardonnay is a white wine often characterized by oak and citrus fruit flavors, sometimes with buttery undertones. Chardonnay enthusiasts generally have a preference when it comes to how the wine is aged as well; Chardonnay aged in oak barrels tends to have a heavier, almost creamy taste that carries hints of the oak it was aged in, while steel barrel aged Chardonnay is lighter and crisper. When it comes to food, Chardonnay often pairs well with shellfish, chicken and pasta in a non-tomato based sauce. Chardonnay is grown all over the world and is one of the most widely consumed white wines.

For National Chardonnay Day, many winemakers are celebrating the day by hosting special events at their tasting rooms. Here at Celebrity Cruises, we’re also celebrating by offering 25% off tickets to the Great Wine Festival on May 31 in Orange County, California. The Great Wine Festival will have wineries from all over California exhibiting and offering tastings, plus local restaurants and breweries will also be at the festival and have samples available. And yes, Chardonnay will be poured at the Great Wine Festival. Here are the wineries that will be offering tastings of Chardonnay:

Benziger Family Winery

Cholame Vineyards

Frisby Cellars

Gagnon Cellars

Grgich Hills Estate Wines

Jackson Family Wines

Jordan Vineyard and Winery

Malibu Rocky Oaks

PRP Wine International

Wente Vineyards

Zaca Mesa Winery and Vineyards

That’s a lot of Chardonnay to try! Find your favorite when they’re all in one place. The Great Wine Festival is on May 31 from 2pm to 5pm in Irvine.

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