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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  • Washington Hills Chardonnay 2013


    Ripe Bing cherries and lightly sweet floral notes of lavender on the nose. A bit thin in the mouth, with a phenolic note to it and some green apple. Read More

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  • Daniel-Etienne Defaix Chablis Premiere Cru Vaillons 1997


    This bottle was a part of a lot I bought from the website ... dry white wines made of the chardonnay grape from around the village of that name about 10 miles east of the small town of Auxerre in northern Burgundy.My bottle was made by a well established producer from grapes grown in the premier cru vineyard of Vaillons.The wine is left on its... Read More

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  • Growing up fishing from boats off the coast of Santa ... to me back then for a good chardonnay,  whether Chablis or that further south, though not so much CA over-oaked bombs. Nowadays I'd go with a few other white variations, too. Throw in some finely chopped shallots and capers and cracked pepper and a white wine reduction and I'd enjoy SB/se... Read More

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  • Going back to the Lingcod story I hinted at in the other thread, here's how that went...I just remember trying Lingcod years ago at some place like King's fish house, and then never seeing it again. I'd even read fish reports in the newspaper and hardly see any caught except sometimes a few in Oxnard, etc. Seems like they are mostly caught off o... Read More

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  • Casarsa Chardonnay 2010


    not bad for ageing: smooth, light, bright, not sweet and a stitch dry. Read More

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  • I'm kind of starting to think that way myself VV. Happened to fry up some ... ... looking around for more Chardonnay and other whites and/or Champagne to have around.Proud of my wife for her catch, her first! Her strategy was to go up to the guy who was catching fish, asking how it's done and it worked a char Read More

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  • Apothic RedCairdean Estate Chardonnay - I have 5 bottles in my cellar if you are interested.Menage à TroisCaymus 40thetc... Read More

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  • OT - I totally agree with the Apothic Red and the Caymus 40th Anniversary ... ... one of those Cairdean Estate Chardonnay bottles for the next Secret Santa event.V V - My pick for my least favorite is the Greek Retsina. I was forewarned that it is an "acquired" taste. I don't have the time or patience to acquire a taste for this. had me rollin... Read More

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  • Ok, new year and time for a new topic of discussion.  Just yesterday I opened this Pinot Noir from California that initially sounded promising.  First  - it was given to Sandra as a retirement gift so it was free.  Second - a Pinot Noir bottled in St. Helena CA, so it has to be decent, right? and Third - a nice looking label.  Well, this 2014 Me... Read More

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  • Marketing. It's a $13 grocery store Cab and a $10 Chardonnay. The label is just a label, bulk wine, no winery by that name. Part of The Wine Group of Livermore."Established in 1981, The Wine Group is the world’s third largest winery by volume. Based out of Livermore, CA in the historic Concannon Estate with additional wineries in California, Arg... Read More

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