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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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  • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
      Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Fess Parker Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Fess Parker Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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    • AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      AERENA by Blackbird Vineyards Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
      Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2016
      Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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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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    • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
      Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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      • Mon Frere Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
        Mon Frere Chardonnay 2018
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
          Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2015
          Chardonnay from California
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          • Flat Top Hills Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Flat Top Hills Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from California
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          • Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
            Pali Wine Co Charm Acres Chardonnay 2016
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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          • Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Shaw & Smith M3 Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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          • Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
            Saintsbury Carneros Chardonnay 2017
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
            • WE90
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          • Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Marimar Estate Don Miguel Vineyard Acero Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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          • Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            Diora La Splendeur du Soleil Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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          • RouteStock Route 121 Carneros Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
            RouteStock Route 121 Carneros Chardonnay 2018
            Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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            • Nielson Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
              Nielson Santa Barbara Chardonnay 2017
              Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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            • Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from California
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            • Boen Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
              Boen Chardonnay 2018
              Chardonnay from California
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              • Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                Vasse Felix Heytesbury Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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              • Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
                Domaine Matrot Bourgogne Chardonnay 2017
                Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                • Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                  Domaine Bousquet Chardonnay 2019
                  Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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                  • Elderton E Series Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
                    Elderton E Series Chardonnay 2016
                    Chardonnay from Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                    • Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                      Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2019
                      Chardonnay from California
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