Chardonnay – Pinot Noir are commonly blended together to produce sparkling wines around the world. The blend has its roots in France, but is successfully produced in Italy and a number of New World countries. Using equal amounts of each grape variety is not uncommon but the amounts used can vary depending on the preferences of the producers and vintage conditions. Flavours differ depending on the amounts of the grape varieties used which range from crisp and fresh-tasting, steely and mineral-driven to others having characteristics of bread, toast and butter. Food pairings: Bay scallops with garlic and parsley butter, Freshly shucked oysters, seafood, salty or creamy dishes and camembert cheese.