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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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  • Chloe Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Chloe Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Simi Sonoma County Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Parducci Small Lot Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Mendocino, California
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    • Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Wente Morning Fog Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Livermore Valley, Central Coast, California
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    • La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      La Crema Monterey Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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    • Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Crossbarn Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    • Joel Gott California Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Joel Gott California Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from California
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      • Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Craggy Range Winery Kidnappers Vineyard Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
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      • Guenoc California Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
        Guenoc California Chardonnay 2019
        Chardonnay from California
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        • Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Sunny With a Chance of Flowers Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Leese-Fitch Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from California
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        • Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019  Front Label
          Brocard Sainte Claire Chablis 2019
          Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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        • Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Talbott Kali-Hart Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Ferrari-Carano Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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        • Grayson Cellars Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Grayson Cellars Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from California
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        • Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Joseph Drouhin Laforet Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Burgundy, France
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        • Morgan Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Morgan Metallico Unoaked Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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        • Indaba Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
          Indaba Chardonnay 2019
          Chardonnay from South Africa
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          • Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Tuscany, Italy
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          • Stoller Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
            Stoller Chardonnay 2019
            Chardonnay from Dundee Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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          • Domaine Matrot Meursault (Stelvin) 2019  Front Label
            Domaine Matrot Meursault (Stelvin) 2019
            Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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            • Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
              Cave de Lugny Macon Lugny Les Charmes Chardonnay 2019
              Chardonnay from Macon Villages, Maconnais, Burgundy, France
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              • Highlands 41 Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                Highlands 41 Chardonnay 2019
                Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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                • Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
                  Decoy Sonoma Chardonnay 2019
                  Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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