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        • Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
          Duckhorn Napa Valley Chardonnay 2021
          Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
          • JS92
          • WW91
          • WE90
          4.0 20 Ratings
          41 99
        • Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
          Kendall-Jackson Vintner's Reserve Chardonnay 2021
          Chardonnay from California
            3.9 14 Ratings
            16 99
          • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
            Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2021
            Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
            • TP91
            • WE90
            • WS89
            3.8 71 Ratings
            18
            13 99
            Save $4.01 (22%)
          • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
            Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2021
            Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
            • W&S92
            4.7 5 Ratings
            26 99
          • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
            MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2020
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • WS92
            3.8 27 Ratings
            26
            22 99
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          • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
            Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021
            Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
            • TP94
            • WW91
            • JS90
            3.7 46 Ratings
            30
            21 99
            Save $8.01 (27%)
          • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
            La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2021
            Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
              4.5 15 Ratings
              18 99
            • Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
              Josh Cellars Chardonnay 2021
              Chardonnay from California
                3.9 13 Ratings
                14 99
              • Decoy California Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                Decoy California Chardonnay 2021
                Chardonnay from California
                  0.0 0 Ratings
                  17 99
                • Meadowcroft Carneros Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                  Meadowcroft Carneros Chardonnay 2021
                  Chardonnay from Carneros, California
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    35
                    23 99
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                  • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                    Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2019
                    Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
                    • RP98
                    • JH98
                    • WS95
                    • JS94
                    0.0 0 Ratings
                    109
                    90 99
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                  • 19 Crimes Hard Chard 2021  Front Label
                    19 Crimes Hard Chard 2021
                    Chardonnay from Australia
                      3.2 42 Ratings
                      20
                      11 99
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                    • Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                      Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021
                      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
                      • WE90
                      4.7 16 Ratings
                      24 99
                    • Ballard Lane Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
                      Ballard Lane Chardonnay 2018
                      Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
                      • TP91
                      • RP90
                      3.7 43 Ratings
                      12 99
                    • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019  Front Label
                      MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2019
                      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
                      • TP94
                      • W&S92
                      • WE91
                      • JD90
                      • WW90
                      3.9 7 Ratings
                      19 99
                    • Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                      Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2021
                      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                        30
                        26 99
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                      • Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                        Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2020
                        Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
                        • RP95
                        • WS94
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                        45
                        42 99
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                      • Santa Julia Organic Chardonnay 2022  Front Label
                        Santa Julia Organic Chardonnay 2022
                        Chardonnay from Mendoza, Argentina
                        • RP90
                        0.0 0 Ratings
                        11 99
                      • Joel Gott California Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                        Joel Gott California Chardonnay 2021
                        Chardonnay from California
                          4.1 12 Ratings
                          12 99
                        • Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                          Mer Soleil Silver Unoaked Chardonnay 2020
                          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
                          • WW89
                          4.4 6 Ratings
                          18 99
                        • Dark Horse Buttery Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                          Dark Horse Buttery Chardonnay 2020
                          Chardonnay from California
                            3.6 43 Ratings
                            8 99
                          • Chloe Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                            Chloe Chardonnay 2021
                            Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
                              4.3 5 Ratings
                              17
                              12 99
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                            • Ron Rubin Pam's Unoaked Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                              Ron Rubin Pam's Unoaked Chardonnay 2021
                              Chardonnay from California
                              • WW89
                              4.5 25 Ratings
                              14 99
                            • Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2020  Front Label
                              Fat Bastard Chardonnay 2020
                              Chardonnay from Pays d’Oc, South of France, France
                              • TP90
                              3.8 21 Ratings
                              14 99
                            • Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2021  Front Label
                              Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2021
                              Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
                              • JS89
                              3.9 21 Ratings
                              11 99
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                            Learn about Chardonnay — taste profile, popular regions and more ...

                            What Is Chardonnay?

                            Chardonnay is a green-skinned grape variety used to make both still white wine and sparkling wine. As 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, and is a very popular choice among consumers, Chardonnay from its Burgundian homeland produces some of the most remarkable and longest-lived examples of Chardonnay wine. 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 Chardonnay styles and leaner, European-inspired wines enjoy great popularity. Oregon, Australia and South America are also significant producers of Chardonnay.

                            How Is Chardonnay Made?

                            As with most white wines, Chardonnay juice is pressed off the grape skins as soon as possible after harvest, thereby minimizing extraction of color and tannins. Fermentation follows immediately, and this may occur in stainless steel tanks or in oak barrels. Chardonnay is typically fermented to dryness. Once fermentation is complete, the wine may be aged in barrels for added complexity. Other winemaking techniques often employed are malolactic fermentation, which imparts a creamy, buttery sensation, and sur lie aging, which tends to soften the mouthfeel and add a subtle biscuit or nutty element.

                            Chardonnay Origin

                            Chardonnay was born as a natural cross between the white grape Gouais Blanc and the red grape Pinot Noir. This happy event is thought to have occurred early in the Middle Ages in the French region of Burgundy, where the grape is widely considered to reach its highest, and most age-worthy, expression. But for centuries it was only there and in Champagne where the grape stood out. Not until the late 1970s did California Chardonnay start to inspire interest, and that trend exploded in the 1980s and ‘90s. Soon other winemakers around the world got the memo–Chardonnay is easy to grow, flexible in both cool and warm climates, and boasts a range of easy-to-appreciate flavors. Production increased in places as varied as Oregon and Washington, South America, Australia and South Africa. Old World interest picked up as well, in Italy, Spain and elsewhere.

                            Tasting Notes for Chardonnay

                            Chardonnay grown in cooler regions exhibits racy, crisp flavors like lemon, lime, and green apple, along with flinty or chalky mineral notes. Warmer locations coax out richer flavors like melon, peach and pineapple. Oak can add notes of vanilla, coconut, and spice, while malolactic fermentation leads to a creamy, buttery texture. Chardonnay is typically a dry wine, although some winemakers allow a touch of residual sugar.

                            Oaked vs. Unoaked Chardonnay

                            While the ‘80s and ‘90s surge in popularity was fueled by well-oaked versions, today a number of fine un-oaked examples are made. Typically fermented and aged in stainless steel before bottling, these are bright, crisp, and fresh, showcasing Chardonnay’s pure fruit character and coming across lighter in body.

                            Perfect Food Pairings for Chardonnay

                            Chardonnay is as versatile at the table as it is in the vineyard. Keep stylistic differences in mind when pairing with food.

                            • Seafood: Enjoying lobster, crab or shrimp scampi? Choose a rich, buttery Chardonnay. With a briny or delicate dish, like oysters or cod, go with Chablis or a similar version.
                            • Poultry: Chardonnay is great with chicken and turkey, and you’ll want a richer style if your dish includes a creamy sauce.
                            • Cheese: Oaky, buttery Chardonnay is your best bet with bolder cheeses like cheddars and blues. Brighter, tangier cheeses call for a lighter, crisper style.
                            • Things to avoid: Chardonnay is not a great match with foods that are too spicy, bitter or acidic.

                            How to Serve Chardonnay

                            Temperature is key. A wine served too warm will seem out of balance, with the alcohol too “hot.” If too cold, the aromas and flavors are muted. Fuller bodied styles are best at 55°F, while leaner versions can be enjoyed at 50°F. A half hour to an hour in the refrigerator will do the trick. As for glassware, a classic white wine glass with a thin rim is perfect. The bowl should be moderately large and should taper towards the top.

                            Chardonnay Facts

                            • Chardonnay is the most widely planted white variety in the world.
                            • Chardonnays from Burgundy’s Cote de Beaune are the most coveted in the world.
                            • It is one of the three most important grapes in the production of Champagne.
                            • The source of almost 80% of American Chardonnay is the so-called Wente Clone, obtained by California’s Wente Family from Burgundy in 1912.

                            Nutrition Facts

                            Chardonnay is usually a dry wine, which means there is little to no residual sugar. Thus, there are minimal carbohydrates, and there is no protein or fat. The caloric content comes from alcohol; a standard 5 ounce pour of Chardonnay has about 120 calories.

                            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 wine would likely enjoy this lighter style.

                            Chardonnay is popular with winemakers because it is easy both to grow and manipulate in the winery, with techniques like barrel fermentation, malolactic fermentation and sur lie aging. It remains popular with consumers because it offers friendly, appealing flavors and textures that make it versatile both with food and on its own.

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