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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  • Dark Horse Chardonnay 2013


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  • Just returned from a quick trip to the Central Coast.  Visited Talley and ... Bishop's Peak SLO County Chardonnay-- 2012 Bishop's Peak Paso Robles "Elevation" (Bordeaux Blend)-- 2013 Oliver's Vineyard Chardonnay Wolff Vineyards-- 2013 Central Coast Dry Riesling-- 2012 Central Coast "Red Wolff" (Bordeaux Blend)-- 2013 Edna Valley Teroldego-- 20... Read More

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  • This time of the year is the celebration of the Jewish Holiday of Passover. ... Spinach Matzo Balls & Chardonnay  No Passover feast is complete with the almost obligatory Chicken Soup.  Delicious in any form when lovingly made, try a Saffron Chicken Broth with Spinach and minced chicken stuffed matzo balls. This formulation should be served in... Read More

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  • Bodega Dominio Buenavista Vino de la Tierra Contraviesa Alpujarra Veleta 2007


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  • Today my wife Sandra took her friend Marlene out on the town in a big way to ... with Seafood!Craggy Range Chardonnay $24.99Youthful pale straw. Lovely aromatics of white flowers, peach, biscuit and flint. Integrated fresh flavours of stone fruits, lemon zest and roasted nuts create a generous and complex feel across the palate which is elegan... Read More

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  • Tonight we enjoyed a 2012  Sunstone Chardonnay with BBQ'd cod, potatoes and a tomato avocado salad. This Chardonnay is a nice chardonnay but not exceptional. This a clean chardonnay and not buttery at all. I'm not sure which style I like better. Sometimes a buttery chard is perfect and other times not. I'm not a white wine drinker but it was exc... Read More

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  • As a UK journalist, and Master of Wine, I discuss, criticise and recommend not ... Blanc, about the Aldi Limoux Chardonnay £6.99 ($10.60) which tastes like a pretty good white Burgundy or Sainsbury’s Winemaker’s Selection Malbec at £4.75 ($7.20), which you can buy in for a party and everyone will love. I do a Friday night drive time radio slot... Read More

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  • Getting back your roots is a matter of blending, according to a story this past ... than 11 varieties including chardonnay, pinot gris, semillon and sauvignon blanc” and is wild-fermented in oak and a “large, amphora-like ceramic egg.” While the blend may sound like the stuff of grade-school sugar mongers making suicides from the soda fountain ... Read More

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  • Joseph Drouhin Vosne Romanee 2012


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  • Chardonnay Kirkland Signature Sonoma County 2012


    A very decent Sonoma Valley Chardonnay. The winemaker's notes are true.The only defect I taste is a slight bitterness which could be from hard pressing the clusters, extracting bitter vinuous tannins and seed tannins. There appears to me to be a slight sweetness, maybe a couple of tenths of a percent, which might have been added to cover up the ... Read More

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