Chardonnay

Species: Vitis Vinifera
Parentage: Cross between Pinot & Gouais Blanc
Aliases: Aubaine, Beaunois, Gamay Blanc, Melon Blanc...
Grape Color: White
Regions: Though the origins of Chardonnay lie in France’s Burgundy region, the grape is grown worldwide.
Type(s) of the Wine the Grape Produces: Chablis, White Burgundy, Champagne

British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, Chardonnay took its varietal qualities to the next level and ‘virtually became a brand.’

Delicate. Malleable. Neutral. Reflecting on its terroir and its winemakers’ preferences, Chardonnay gained fame from its widespread success in the Burgundy and Champagne regions of France. If a painter stares at his blank white canvas with a thousand possibilities of expressing himself to society, winemakers do no differently with Chardonnay. This varietal holds the rare quality of having its flavors mold to the many differences in Read more »

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While working as a Biotech equities analyst, a divine Burgundy stopped me in my tracks and made me re-evaluate life. Today, I'm a full time wine writer. Passionate about small, quality producers, minimal intervention winemaking & sustainability in wine.

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  • California

    Viticulture in California began in the 1700s as Spanish missionaries worked their way north fro...

  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Burgundy

      Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is locate...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

  • Chassagne-montrachet

      Chassagne-Montrachet is a village in Borgundy’s Cote de Beaune, which is the southern sect...

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  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

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    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

  • Dumol Wine Company

    Our 25 acre biodynamically farmed Estate Vineyard is located on an undulating eastfacing slope of...

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      Francis Ford Coppola’s love for wine didn’t just sprout up overnight. His grandfather, ...

  • Almaden Vineyards

    For over 150 years, Almaden Vineyards wines have been welcome at America's table. We offer a wide...

  • Matchbook

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Firestone Santa Ynez Valley Chardonnay 2012

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    This is the worst Firestone Chard in years. It is as bad as their Discovery series. It isn't just "off" it is bad from the ground up! I have been a Firestone club member for 10 years or more and have never had anything as bad as the last shipment. Read More

    Wine review by Flamefighter


  • Arrowhead Spring Vineyards Chardonnay Finger Lakes 2012

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    Wine review by puhnner


  • Chaptalization is one of Burgundy's dirty little secrets...along with the old stories of Syrah blending. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Heavily-oaked Chardonnay...


  • Cripes.I just read my post from last month. Wonder what I was having that ... ... styles that you can get with Chardonnay and none are better or worse. One's personal taste isn't an objective criterion. We can all agree that malaria is for the most part a bad thing for humans, except for my former neighbor who always took two parking spaces. N... Read More

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  • I'm also with DMCKR on the Cotes de Beaune. I would never turn one down one of those if someone felt inclined to pop the cork. Read More

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  • I find the assertion that oaked chardonnay is somehow lacking in pure fruit flavors a little short-sighted. True, the cheaper malo chardonnay is not likely to provide a stunning display of fruit. However, in the hands of people like Helen Turley, chardonnay can be fully malo'd, fermented in oak, and packed with delicious ripe fruit flavor. Brewe... Read More

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  • Welcome, Melissa.  We look forward to hearing about your wine adventures. ... ... though, the plan is for Chardonnay (maybe California, maybe France) and a Provence ros Read More

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  • Those sound like good choices for weekday wines Melissa.  I've had a ... a ... I should try their Chardonnay.  We've been to Montepulciano in Italy (back in 2004) and what a lovely vacation that was.  I remember that town for all the beautiful doors.&nbs Read More

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  • My fave weekday wines are Estancia Monterey Chardonnay.  It's unique among Chards.  Not only is it tasty, but it has the body of a classic Calif. Chard balanced by a wonderful minerality and good apple/tropical fruit.  Not to mention at $10 it's a steal.Favorite red is Cantina Zaccagnini Montepulciano d'Abruzzo, $12.  Well-balanced, lovely dark ... Read More

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  • Hi everyone!  I started posting last week asking for wine advice but now want to introduce myself.  I've been a wine lover for about 10 years and soon discovered I have a rather delicate palate.  I shy away from full-bodied reds like Cabs, Zins and Dolcettos and love Pinot Noirs.  I love whites like Vouvrays, Albarinos, Torrontes and Viogniers. ... Read More

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  • I've had two bottles explode (glass tops) when opening with a proper corkscrew. Glass everywhere and cuts. What's the story here?

    Comment by 1482603Snoother 1482603 1482603 Snoother 1482603


  • What accompaniments do you have with it?

    Comment by 1297081Fazie 1297081 Fazie


  • Hi, We recently tried your idol Chardonnay whilst holidaying in Lara Beach and we fell in love with this tasty yet delicate wine.. could you please tell me if this is sold in the UK? Kind Regards Ony

    Comment by 1141710onyNony 1141710 onyNony


  • Talbott. The Kali Hart is the best value for the dollar today and light in oak. The Sleepy Hollow vineyard is burgundian to me... also a great value

    Comment by 727845ottrad1 727845 ottrad1


  • what is the calorie content of 8 oz. of the chard. boxed ?

    Comment by 861559wildflower 2 861559 wildflower 2


  • I'm visiting the Carneros region. Would appreciate any suggestions for wineries with nice oak chards. Thanks.

    Comment by 241717Morrilyn Robertson 241717 Morrilyn Robertson


  • Hello All!!! its Beamer! I have just tried a new vintage called Fog Head. from California, Very very tasty!!!! wicked fruit blend, that goes great with chicken! (what i just ate for din din) latley trying new chardonnay's have been pissing me off, in the sense that jackson triggs, gave me an allergic reaction to my eyes!!!!! but this one i...

    Comment by 782313beamer 782313 beamer


  • What does VC mean as the tag for Sterling Chardonnay?

    Comment by 784621novicegb 784621 novicegb


  • I love Chard with oak and even heavy oak. Any suggestions?

    Comment by 745981barbjarvis 745981 barbjarvis


  • I was told by the salesperson that the Dona Sole Chardonnay has oak. There is no indication on the bottle stating the contents.

    Comment by 745981barbjarvis 745981 barbjarvis


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