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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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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Two Sisters Courtney’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Two Sisters Courtney’s Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
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  • Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, 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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  • Varner El Camino Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Varner El Camino Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2015 Front Label
    Schug Carneros Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2015
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Talbott Sleepy Hollow Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Sandhi Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Talley Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Talley Rincon Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Arroyo Grande Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Solena Estate Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Solena Estate Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015
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  • Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Secret Indulgence Evoluna Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Secret Indulgence Evoluna Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Capensis Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Capensis Chardonnay 2015
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  • WindVane Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    WindVane Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Chamonix Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Chamonix Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champs Gain Premier Cru 2015 Front Label
    Domaine Bernard Moreau Chassagne-Montrachet Les Champs Gain Premier Cru 2015
    Chardonnay from Chassagne-Montrachet, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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    Tokara Chardonnay 2015
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    Rhys Vineyards Bearwallow Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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