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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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  • Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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    Grgich Hills Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Dutton-Goldfield Dutton Ranch Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Ramey Woolsey Road Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Davis Bynum River West Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Chamisal Vineyards Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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  • Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Ramey Hyde Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Carneros, California
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  • Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Roserock by Drouhin Oregon Eola-Amity Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016  Front Label
    Maison Roche de Bellene Meursault Vieilles Vignes 2016
    Chardonnay from Meursault, Cote de Beaune, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
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  • Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Bethel Heights Casteel Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon
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  • Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Heitz Cellar Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Napa Valley, California
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  • Luca G Lot Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Luca G Lot Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Uco Valley, Mendoza, Argentina
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  • Carpe Diem Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Carpe Diem Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Anderson Valley, Mendocino, California
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  • Replica Knockoff Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Replica Knockoff Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from California
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  • Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Henschke Croft Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills, South Australia, Australia
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  • Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Three Sticks Durell Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sonoma Valley, Sonoma County, California
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  • Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Mt. Harlan, Central Coast, California
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  • Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Mount Eden Vineyards Estate Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Santa Cruz Mountains, California
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  • Capensis Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    Capensis Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from South Africa
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  • The Calling Searby Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    The Calling Searby Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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    Dutton-Goldfield Rued Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Green Valley, Russian River, Sonoma County, California
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  • True Myth Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
    True Myth Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Edna Valley, Central Coast, California
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  • Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016 Front Label
    Sanford Sta. Rita Hills Chardonnay 2016
    Chardonnay from Sta. Rita Hills, Santa Barbara, Central Coast, California
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