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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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  • Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Buena Vista Carneros Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009 Front Label
    Christian Moreau Chablis Vaillon Premier Cru 2009
    Chardonnay from Chablis, Burgundy, France
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    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Iron Horse Estate Chardonnay 2009
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    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Sebastiani Sonoma Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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  • Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Schug Sonoma Coast Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Chardonnay from Central Coast, California
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  • Silverado Napa Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Silverado Napa Chardonnay 2009
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  • Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Villa Maria Taylors Pass Vineyard Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Martin Ray Santa Cruz Reserve Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Sonoma-Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Vine Cliff Los Carneros Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Vine Cliff Los Carneros Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009 Front Label
    Cambria Katherine's Vineyard Chardonnay (half-bottle) 2009
    Chardonnay from Santa Maria Valley, Central Coast, California
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    Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    MacRostie Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Concannon Conservancy Chardonnay 2009
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  • Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Valley of the Moon Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Silverado Carneros Chardonnay 2009
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2009 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    La Crema Sonoma Coast Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2009
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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    Arrowood Sonoma Chardonnay 2009
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    Bonterra Organically Grown Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from North Coast, California
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    Indaba Chardonnay 2009
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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