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Chardonnay

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One of the most popular and versatile white wine grapes, Chardonnay offers a wide range of flavors and styles depending on where it is grown and how it is made. While practically every country in the wine producing world grows it, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest lived examples. As far as cellar potential, white Burgundy rivals the world’s other age-worthy whites like Riesling or botrytized Semillon. California is Chardonnay’s second most important home, where both oaky, buttery styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a dry, white wine. When Chardonnay grapes are planted on cool sites, the resulting wine's flavors tend towards grapefruit, lemon zest, green apple, celery leaf and wet flint, while warmer locations coax out richer, more tropical flavors of melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut and spice, while malolactic fermentation imparts a soft and creamy texture.

Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. The crisp, clean, Chablis-like styles go well with flaky white fish with herbs, scallops, turkey breast and soft cheeses. Richer Chardonnays marry well with lobster, crab, salmon, roasted chicken and creamy sauces.

Sommelier Secrets for Chardonnay

Since the 1980s, big, oaky, buttery Chardonnays from California have enjoyed explosive popularity. More recently, the pendulum has swung in the opposite direction, towards a clean, crisp style that rarely utilizes new oak. The Burgundian subregion of Chablis, while typically using older oak barrels, produces a similar bright and acid-driven style. Anyone who doesn't like oaky Chardonnay would likely enjoy this lighter style.

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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2019  Front Label
    Joseph Drouhin St. Veran 2019
    Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Cristom Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Saint-Aubin 2018  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Saint-Aubin 2018
    Chardonnay from St-Aubin, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Tyler Winery Santa Barbara County Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
    • WW89
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  • Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2019  Front Label
    Baron Philippe de Rothschild Escudo Rojo Chardonnay Reserva 2019
    Chardonnay from Maipo Valley, Chile
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  • Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Domaine Laroque Cite de Carcassonne Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Languedoc, South of France, France
    • W&S92
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  • Jordan Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Jordan Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    MacRostie Wildcat Mountain Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Charles Woodson's Intercept Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Charles Woodson's Intercept Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
    • WW91
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Saint-Veran 2019  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Saint-Veran 2019
    Chardonnay from St-Veran, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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  • Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Bouchaine Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
    • WW92
    • W&S92
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  • William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    William Hill Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
    Ancient Peaks Chardonnay 2020
    Chardonnay from Santa Margarita Ranch, Paso Robles, Central Coast, California
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  • Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • WW89
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  • Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017  Front Label
    Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Kenwood Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kenwood Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Moniker La Ribera Single Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
    • WE91
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  • Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    • WE90
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  • La Playa Estate Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
    La Playa Estate Un-Oaked Chardonnay 2021
    Chardonnay from Colchagua Valley, Rapel Valley, Chile
    • WW88
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