By Lindsay Schewenker
My name is Lindsay Schwenker, I am @thejustripe. A Niagara native bringing you my highly sought-after opinions on local wines, spirits, and craft.
We have had an amazing start to summer here in Niagara with all of this insane heat. Hopefully you have been enjoying the sun as much as I have. Besides the time I put in working the daily grind, you can probably find me lounging pool side, organizing lawn games or possibly enjoying a killer meal on the BBQ.
All of these things with one common factor… a glass (bottle) of wine in arm’s reach. My most current obsession would include, chilling out in my garden listening to the amazing sounds of Carla Bruni while undoubtably crushing some 2015 Stainless Chardonnay from Big Head Wines. Let me get one thing straight, this is NOT your grandmother’s chard. Wild fermentation has made this perfectly crisp Chardonnay something so complex yet light and zesty. It has the ability to make you think you’re biting into a crunchy yellow apple while all of a sudden you’re thrown a curveball with the perfectly balanced finish.
No, it’s not actually butter you’re tasting. It’s MLF and I’m not talking about your mom. This Chardonnay has gone through a secondary fermentation called malolactic fermentation. A by-product of having gone through wild vinification. It’s a conversion of malic acids to lactic acids and is responsible for creating a compound called diacetyl which happens to smell and taste just like butter. I highly encourage you to go pour yourself a glass of this unoaked Chardonnay and experience the mind blowing complexity that is simple pure Chardonnay.