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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  • October is National Pasta Month. And of all the Italian culinary products, ... ... ... a blend of Trebbiano and Chardonnay. If you lean toward a red, search out a fresh aromatic, dry, young Cesanese from Piglio, Affile or Olevano Romano. If you want to be bold, go Chianti. Try San Felice’s Chianti Classico. Pasta alla NormaThink Sicilian. Cata... Read More

    From the article Pasta and Wine, Part One

  • Greg is certainly a very knowledgeable contributor on multiple boards.  I ... we opened a Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay that we had brought along and enjoyed it with a cheese platter that we had pre-ordered for the cabin.  I suppose that Sonoma Cutrer does not get a lot of love from wine geeks--I'm pretty sure it qualifies as a "supermarket wine"--... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?

  • Ryan Patrick Vineyards Naked Chardonnay 2013


    Steely, light peach and green apple notes on the nose. Clean melon and red apple on the palate, medium bodied and quite direct, with very minimal vanilla notes.88 pts Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Rodney Strong Chardonnay Sonoma County 2012


    Full and creamy lemon aromas are pronounced and joined by green apple and ... ... here for lovers of buttery Chardonnay. Classic and well made.88 p Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial

  • Baileyana Firepeak Chardonnay 2013


    2013 Baileyana, Firepeak -- What a disappointment. Was hoping for a rich chardonnay, but this is an acidic, sharp, one dimensional boring wine. No nuance, no complexity. Not recommended. Read More

    Wine review by kamivina

  • I've been anxious to try some Windy Oaks NG I'm noticing a lot of ... ... the 2014 Ancillary Cellars Chardonnay Sangiacomo Vnyd.  100% Wente clone from the Sonoma Coast AVA. Green Apple notes followed by a richly textured front palate and then clean balanced acidity and faint tannins. Very Montrachet like and an oustanding value @$40.  Not rel... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • Iron Horse Vineyards Ocean Reserve Blanc de Blancs 2010


    Enjoyable bubbles from Russian River's Iron Horse. Crisp, lemon pith, good acidity, some nice biscuity/yeasty flavor and a fairly long finish. One thing a bit different is a very noticeable saltiness that comes out on the finish, not bad, just different. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0

  • We knew that New York’s Finger Lakes wines were good, but fit for the ... ... Riesling, Cab Franc and Chardonnay.  The gift wines were intended to be served at a dignitaries’ dinner.  Ouweleen was quoted as saying that the selection of his wines for the sacerdotal sacrament was a “great honor.” The winemaker had no qualms about leveraging the... Read More

    From the article Papal Pour: Finger Lakes Wine Procures Prestigious Placement for Pope's NY Visit

  • Blue Mountain Vineyard and Cellars Chardonnay 2013


    Considering the high regard for this wine and vintage by "professional" tasters, I expected a little more. Colour is an inviting green - very Chablis-like - with a bouquet dominated by vanilla, spice and oak with apple pie in the background. Entry is warm and slightly harsh due to oak-forward and fruit-overwhelmed taste. Finish is medium and ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden

  • A bunch of drinks poured for ourselves and another couple last Friday...Trying ... Point. They don't like Chardonnay, which was confirmed when I blind tasted them the 2012 PYCM Bourgogne Blanc. It showed well, but it had a little of the oak/butter/cream that Tami, the bride to be immediately detected as Chardonnay and made a face at. Chad kind... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines

  • 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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