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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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  • Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Hess Collection Napa Valley Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hess Select Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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    • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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    • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009
      Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Qupe Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
      Qupe Reserve Block 11 Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
      Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    • Starmont Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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      • La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
        La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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      • Migration Russian River Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
        Migration Russian River Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
        Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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      • Cuvaison Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
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        • Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
          Rombauer Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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          • Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
            Chateau Montelena Napa Valley Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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            • Talley Arroyo Grande Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
              Talley Arroyo Grande Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
              Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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              • Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
                Pride Mountain Vineyards Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
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