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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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  • MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Butternut Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Butternut Chardonnay 2019
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  • Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Joseph Phelps Freestone Vineyards Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Quilt Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Quilt Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ramey Russian River Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Staglin Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Staglin Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Rutherford, Napa Valley, California
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  • Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Lewis Cellars Napa Valley Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Three Sticks Gap's Crown Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Flowers Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
    Kosta Browne One Sixteen Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Rhys Vineyards Alesia Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Rhys Vineyards Alesia Anderson Valley Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • La Jota W.S. Keyes Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    La Jota W.S. Keyes Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Howell Mountain, Napa Valley, California
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  • Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Patz & Hall Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Hartford Court Four Hearts Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Chappellet Grower Collection Calesa Vineyard Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Petaluma Gap, Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Washington
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  • Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Matanzas Creek Alexander Valley Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Stonestreet Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Alexander Valley, Sonoma County, California
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    Hartford Court Russian River Chardonnay 2019
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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