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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  • Bodegas Paniza Chardonnay 2013


    With a hint of reduction on the nose, this shows tight and spicy with hints of ... In the mouth its a decent Chardonnay a bit fat, lots of slightly warm apple and pear fruit with a hint of pineapple on the palate and through the modest finish. 83p Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz

  • If I have the opportunity to return to Sonoma County and visited the winery - I ... the Sauvignon Blanc and the Chardonnay and I can't determine each taste of these popular wine, but one thing I like in common, all the wine I tasted are really great and I like it. Read more. Read More

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  • With summer in full swing it’s time to take a look at some of the ... ... back on sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and there’s a reason why these wines are so popular, but don’t we all enjoy a change now and again. they say variety is the spice of life, and I for one believe that is absolutely true, especially when so may wine that fly under th... Read More

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  • A ridiculous number of trigger pullworthies in this new offering, many in their ... ... 2003 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Ashleys  |  2 in stock  |  $29.99 Brewer-Clifton 2003 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Melville  |  1 in stock  |  $29.99 Brewer-Clifton 2003 Santa Rita Hills Chardonnay Sweeney Canyon  |  1 in stock  |  $29.99 Burn, Ernest 1999 ... Read More

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  • I'm turning into one of those Chardonnay drinking yuppies.  Oh, wait.  I'm not young.  I'm not urban.  I'm not professional.  Other than that. . . . Compared to the Alesia that I had the other day, this one is slightly more Californian, slighty less Burgundian.  Initial mouth sensation announces buttery oak.  However, that immediately yields to ... Read More

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  • Ceritas Pinnacle Vineyard Chardonnay Santa Cruz Mountains 2012


    Fairly big nose that leads with melon, but also shows some vanilla/oak. ... ... of lemon. A pretty unusual Chardonnay in my view. Even subsequent tastes start with the butter/oak heaviness sensation, but then, again, yields to light and refreshing. Well see how this goes with tonights grilled Ahi Tun Read More

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  • Makes me feel like some Chardonnay tonight, though I don't think I have any on hand. Will have to fix that. Read More

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  • Alesia Alder Springs Chardonnay.  Posted over on the "Whatcha Drinking Tonight" thread. Read More

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  • Santa Helena Siglo de Oro Chardonnay 2011


    Good taste and easy handle for beginners 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...

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  • 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.

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