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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  • New Year’s Eve is fast approaching, and sparkling wines are on our minds. ... ... used in sparklers.) Chardonnay was recently introduced into the region as well.  Sparkling styles vary by producer. Some choose single varietal bottling while others choose blends. The fermentation method echoes that of Champagne: after the first fermentation yie... Read More

    From the article Dare to be Different: Portuguese Sparkling Wine for New Year's


  • Sandra and I celebrated our 31st wedding anniversary last night in Washington ... to finish off the crab (Napa Chardonnay - Nickel & Nickel winery for Sandra and a Sauvignon Blanc (Sancerre) for Allen).  Next were two glasses of red wine to pair with a 24 oz Dry Aged Bone-in Ribeye steak - 2011 Cotes-du-Rhone for Sandra and a 2010 Medoc for Al... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Dom Perignon 2003

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    (Past tasting 14 May 2013) Beautiful golden sheen, with fine beads. Tasted light. Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Novellum Chardonnay 2013

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    Binny's 12/2014. Read More

    Wine review by raindance


  • Domaine William Fevre Chablis Grand Cru Valmur 2010

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    (Past tasting 6 Apr 2013) Herby, citrousy nose. Lots of citrous notes on palate. Fresh! Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Jacob's Creek Chardonnay Barossa Valley 2012

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    (Past tasting 11 Feb 2013) Interesting melony nose! Also like its slight sweetness Read More

    Wine review by Dennis Lim


  • Darren--'09 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, '11 Block 28 Zin and ... ... ... Erica ordered a glass of Chardonnay and a glass of Tempranillo.  The small plates were pretty darned good.  We started with a cheese platter and a cured meats platter--hard to mess those up.  Then we ordered three plates of empanadas--beef, chorizo and vegetarian--and... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Perhaps I could have decanted the wine and added 2 ice cubes.? but I chose to switch wines immediately, although I had the patience to go thru the whole case.The switch was successful. Thanks to 2012. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Frizzante or tiny bubbles...


  • Tonite I experienced frizzante or spritz ; & 2 returned/refused bottles of Romb. Chard 2013.I did confirm the palate and sound of the wine.. definitely bubbly..??Is this an anomaly for California Chard.?? as I have only before experienced this "Bubbles Affect" with Viogner from California (circa 2003 Andrew Murray) Read More

    Forum post in the topic Frizzante or tiny bubbles...


  • Rombauer Chardonnay 2013

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    2 bottles rejected by our guest because of Frizzante, a bubbly spritz on the palate. This was confirmed on both issues. One by taste and one by sound. Read More

    Wine review by William Djubin


  • 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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