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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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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Sixto Moxee Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
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  • Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Sixto Frenchman Hills Chardonnay 2015
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    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    Rutherford Hill Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Etude Carneros Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Etude Carneros Chardonnay 2015
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Kumeu River Estate Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from New Zealand
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  • Vine Cliff Los Carneros Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Vine Cliff Los Carneros Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Domaine Eden Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Liquid Farm Golden Slope Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Chamonix Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Chamonix Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Franschhoek Valley, South Africa
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  • WindVane Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    WindVane Estate Grown Chardonnay 2015
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  • Morgan Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Morgan Double L Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, Central Coast, California
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  • Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Martinelli Bella Vigna Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Sonoma County, California
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  • Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Donelan Nancie Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Sonoma County, California
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    Replica Retrofit Chardonnay 2015
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  • Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Ponzi Reserve Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay 2015 Front Label
    Adelsheim Staking Claim Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    AXR Napa Valley Chardonnay 2015
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    Dutton-Goldfield Walker Hill Vineyard Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Timbre Opening Act Chardonnay 2015
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