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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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    Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
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    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Shafer Red Shoulder Ranch Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Paul Lato Goldberg Variations Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Lato Goldberg Variations Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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    Domaine Della Ritchie Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Talley Arroyo Grande Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018  Front Label
    Talley Arroyo Grande Estate Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2018
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Brewer-Clifton 3D Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Favia Carbone Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Favia Carbone Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Coombsville, Napa Valley, California
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  • Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Liquid Farm White Hill Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    Domaine Matrot Meursault Blagny Premier Cru 2018
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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    Foxen Block UU Bien Nacido Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Paul Hobbs Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Domaine Della Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Fort Ross Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Fort Ross Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Fort Ross-Seaview, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Eden Rift Valliant Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Eden Rift Valliant Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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    Brewer-Clifton Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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