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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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Stole this one from EMark. Found this Flowers chardonnay in my local wine store and poured it tonight with some fresh caught NC shrimp, some pasta and broiled zucc topped with grated parmesan. We really enjoyed the Flowers. Extremely well balanced with lemon, a touch of butterscotch, vibrant acidity and a fairly decent finish.  Another recent pu... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012

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    Excellent Sonoma Coast Chardonnay. Extremely well balanced with lemon, a touch of butterscotch, vibrant acidity and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Rockbrook Chardonnay California 2010

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    This is actually very good for around $5.99, light oak and butter, nice tropical fruitiness Read More

    Wine review by joebernardinoATyahoo


  • Testarossa Chardonnay Santa Lucia Highlands 2012

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    Very nice, easy drinking chardonnay from Santa Lucia Highlands. More on the fruit side with ripe peach, creamy lemon, a hint of honeysuckle, medium acidity and a medium finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Cakebread Chardonnay Napa Valley 2012

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    No written review

    Wine review by mikeg325


  • In a recent trip to Austria, I discovered Paul Achs Chardonnay, which I absolutely loved.  I can't seem to find it in the US.  I did find a place on the east coast, but they can't ship to Las Vegas.  Does anyone know where I can purchase it on the west coast? Read More

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  • I just tasted the Flowers Chardonnay.  I may have dissed it by calling it pedestrian--my bad.  We have consistently enjoyed Flowers Chardonnays.  I'm pretty sure the only ones we've ever had are the Sonoma Coast designated.  This one hits my sweet spot for Chardonnay.  Not terribly oaky, some tropical fruit and citrus flavors, but not really big... Read More

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  • Flowers Chardonnay Sonoma Coast 2012

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    Bright nose with hints of tropical fruit. Fairly subtle on the palate. Fruit flavors of banana and citrus. Citrus implies acid. So, this wine has an understandable brightness and refreshing quality. A very quick finish leaves the palate completely clean. A predictably solid wine from a solid maker. Read More

    Wine review by EMark


  • Who could pass up a Chardonnay from Sonoma? Read More

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  • Today I've done a 3.5 mile walk with my father-in-law (longer than usual ... ... wines, a Domain Serene Chardonnay from the Dundee Hills region and a 2009 Navarro Pinot Noir from Anderson Valley.  Funny, I don't see the year on the Domain Serene bottle and it's already been picked up by the recycling truck.  Anyway, both wines were excellent ... 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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