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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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    R Wines Darby and Joan Chardonnay 2008
    Chardonnay from Australia
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    • Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
      Toad Hollow Francine's Selection Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
      Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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      • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
        Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2008
        Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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      • Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
        Oxford Landing Chardonnay 2008
        Chardonnay from South Australia, Australia
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        • Jermann Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
          Jermann Chardonnay 2008
          Chardonnay from Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Italy
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          • Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
            Leeuwin Estate Art Series Chardonnay 2008
            Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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          • Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
            Martin Ray Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
            Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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            • Mia's Playground Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
              Mia's Playground Russian River Valley Chardonnay 2008
              Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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              • Veramonte Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                Veramonte Chardonnay 2008
                Chardonnay from Chile
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              • A to Z Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                A to Z Chardonnay 2008
                Chardonnay from Oregon
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              • Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                Clos Pegase Hommage Chardonnay 2008
                Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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                • Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  Errazuriz Wild Ferment Chardonnay 2008
                  Chardonnay from Chile
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                • Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                  Spring Seed Wine Co. Chardonnay 2008
                  Chardonnay from McLaren Vale, South Australia, Australia
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                  • Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                    Geyser Peak Chardonnay 2008
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                    • Man O' War Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                      Man O' War Chardonnay 2008
                      Chardonnay from New Zealand
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                    • Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                      Hay Shed Hill Chardonnay 2008
                      Chardonnay from Margaret River, Western Australia, Australia
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                      • Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                        Robert Oatley Mudgee Chardonnay 2008
                        Chardonnay from Mudgee, New South Wales, Australia
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                      • Wakefield Estate Chardonnay Clare Valley 2008 Front Label
                        Wakefield Estate Chardonnay Clare Valley 2008
                        Chardonnay from Clare Valley, South Australia, Australia
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                      • Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                        Kumeu River Village Chardonnay 2008
                        Chardonnay from New Zealand
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                      • Peter Lehmann Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                        Peter Lehmann Chardonnay 2008
                        Chardonnay from Barossa Valley, Barossa, South Australia, Australia
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                        • Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                          Plantagenet Omrah Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
                          Chardonnay from Australia
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                        • Star Tree Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                          Star Tree Chardonnay 2008
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                          • Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                            Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2008
                            Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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                            • The Crossings Unoaked Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                              The Crossings Unoaked Chardonnay 2008
                              Chardonnay from Marlborough, New Zealand
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                              • Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
                                Oyster Bay Marlborough Chardonnay 2008
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