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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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  • diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    diatom Bar-M Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2018
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  • Novellum Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Novellum Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Vin de France, France
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  • Wayfarer Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Wayfarer Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Cakebread Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Substance Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Substance Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Merry Edwards Olivet Lane Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chanin Bien Nacido Vineyard Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Borne of Fire Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Borne of Fire Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Lucia Vineyards Santa Lucia Highlands Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Merryvale Carneros Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Merryvale Carneros Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Cattleya Wines Alma de Cattleya Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Robert Mondavi Reserve Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Penfolds Bin 311 Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from South East Australia, Australia
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  • Foxen Block UU Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Foxen Block UU Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Amici Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • The Hilt The Old Guard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    The Hilt The Old Guard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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