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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  • It's funny, Jon, Peggy and I don't really see eye-to-eye when it comes to domestic Chardonnay wines.  I am not crazy about the super-oaked caramel bombs.  She loves them.  She is not crazy about the nicely acidic lean ones that I like..However, we completely agree on white Burgundy.Oh, and this one will not be seeing a lot of cellar time.  She h... Read More

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  • Well, we took Mrs. EMark to the Dr.'s office, yesterday, to have some ... ... were quite good--Duckhorn Chardonnay for Peggy and Frank Family Zinfandel for me.After our meal we visited the Packing House wine store.  I had not been in it for years, and, so, I thought it might be fun to check it out.  This wine store is not cheap by any means, b... Read More

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  • What looks to be an excellent value. And Al, something you might benefit from ... offered before). It's Chardonnay grown in classic kimmeridgian soils, but it has its own balance of orchard fruit, iodine, salt, and chiseled minerality. Patrick is doing us all a tremendous favor by sharing these different corners of AC Chablis. We hope to tempt... Read More

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  • River Road Vineyards Chardonnay Russian River Valley Reserve 2016

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    Ripe and lightly oaked. Very drinkable everyday white. Read More

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  • I usually grab a Pinot Noir with lamb.  What do you drink with ... many ... many whites can work:An oaky Chardonnay--the kind that the wine illuminati love to hate.Riesling.Viognier or Gewurztraminer--maybe.Chenin Blanc--but not a Sec.It's not rocket surgery.  I drink the wines I like to drink with the foods I like to eat. Lewis is one of my f... Read More

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  • Yeah - nobody's ever done that before.....? Read More

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  • I just love that it's barrel aged. Read More

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  • Has anyone asked Gregory if he's willing to share the wealth? Read More

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  • The 1996 Keenan Chardonnay was made from select vineyards located on the floor of the Napa Valley. Keenan continues to barrel ferment and barrel age 100% of the Chardonnay production; one-third of the oak barrels used are new French oak. Approximately one-half of the ‘96 vintage was aged sur-lie for five months; this contributed to the remarkabl... Read More

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