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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  • What is a bit odd for these North Carolina wines is that the chardonnay wine label says Napa Valley chardonnay, but on the side of the label is says Vinted and Bottled by Lake Norman Winery, Ukiah, CA.  On the Sauv Blanc bottle it says Russian River Valley Sauvignon Blanc and on the side is says Vinted and Bottled by Lake Norman Winery, Cloverda... Read More

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  • Calera Chardonnay Central Coast 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • Calera Mt. Harlan Chardonnay 2013

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    Every wine at this winery was fantastic, and this particular one was exceptional. Upon leaving Morro Bay for our 4th of July vacation, my Wife did not close the trunk all the way. All of a sudden, the sound of broken glass is heard smashing behind our car. A full cooler and an 8-pack box of splits falls out. After returning to pick them up, n... Read More

    Wine review by Mr Dolce


  • RBA, that shellfish platter looks amazing.  You would have had to roll me ... ... "Mt. Eden Estate Chardonnay" other that they are selling it at the winery.  I assume that it is made from winery-owned vineyards.  I also assume that they have a similar agreement with Mount Eden Vineyards to use the abbreviate "Mt." only.  That, of course, lead... Read More

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  • V V - That Chardonnay sounds excellent.  I need to look for a bottle the next time I'm in Total Wine.This afternoon Sandra and I attended an RdV Vineyards Lobster Bake, and the weather was just about perfect considering what we usually get this time of year.  It sprinkled a little bit on the drive over there but no rain to speak of upon our arri... Read More

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  • Stopped in at Viszlay Vineyards at the end of our trip in April and had a very ... ... Very nice Russian River chardonnay. This is more about ripe stone fruit, fig, apricot and pear. There is also some oak influence but not too much and some creamy mouthfeel but without the buttery flavor. Would prefer a bit more acidity but overall a good RR... Read More

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  • Viszlay Vineyards The Mt. Eden Estate Chardonnay 2012

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    Very nice Russian River chardonnay. This is more about ripe stone fruit, fig, apricot and pear. There is also some oak influence but not too much and some creamy mouthfeel but without the buttery flavor. Would prefer a bit more acidity but overall a good RRV chard. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Well, good news.  Mrs. EMark was quite happy with the Beringer Chardonnay.  I have to say, also, that it was better with our dinner--pan roasted game hen Morroccan style served over couscous.  (Couscous?  What a bold choice for a Morroccan style protein.)Along with most of you, I am also a big fan of White Burgundy.  There are several California... Read More

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  • Bogle Chardonnay 2013

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • V V - Sure, I've got your milk.  But alas, I used some of it in my ... ... too really enjoyed the Chardonnay we tasted in Burgundy this past April.  Well, it's past noon so I opened a bottle from the fridge - this 2013 Duckhorn Decoy Sauvignon Blanc.  I poured two glasses and then opened a can of Virginia Peanuts and poured those into a coupl... 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?

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  • 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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