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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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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Meiomi Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017 Front Label
    Meiomi Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2017
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Noble Vines 446 Monterey Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Noble Vines 446 Monterey Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Schug Carneros Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Imagery Estate Winery Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Pomelo Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Pomelo Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Benziger Sonoma County Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Benziger Sonoma County Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Montes Alpha Series Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Casablanca Valley, Chile
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  • Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Matchbook Estate Bottled Old Head Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Dunnigan Hills, Yolo County, California
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  • Flat Top Hills Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Flat Top Hills Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Cline Estate Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
    Cline Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Sequoia Grove Napa Valley Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, 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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  • Goldschmidt Vineyard Singing Tree Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Goldschmidt Vineyard Singing Tree Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Ballard Lane Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Mercer Bros. Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Mercer Bros. Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Balletto Winery Chardonnay 2014 Front Label
    Balletto Winery Chardonnay 2014
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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    Ridge Estate Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Mayacamas Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Mayacamas Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Mt. Veeder, Napa Valley, California
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