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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  • California

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  • France

    Perhaps no country evokes such strong associations with fine wine as does France. Its reputatio...

  • Australia

    The history of wine-making in Australia dates back to the late 1700s when the first European se...

  • Napa

      There is some debate over how this famous wine region got its name. Spanish settlers named...

  • Sonoma County

      Wine-making in Sonoma, California began in 1812 when Russian colonists planted grapes at F...

  • Chassagne-montrachet

      Chassagne-Montrachet is a village in Borgundy’s Cote de Beaune, which is the southern sect...

  • Côte de Beaune

      The Cote de Beaune is the southern section of the Cote d’Or, in Burgundy. Most of its Gran...

  • USA

    "American Wine" has existed since the first Europeans brought their vinous heritage and tradition...

  • Burgundy

      Burgundy is perhaps the most complex and intimidating of French wine regions. It is locate...

Popular Wineries using Chardonnay

  • Sullivan Vineyards

    Arriving in the Napa Valley in 1972, Jim and JoAnna Sullivan purchased property in Rutherford, wh...

  • Barefoot Cellars

    We got our start as a "garage wine" back in the Sixties but really stepped up what Barefoot wa...

  • Dark Horse Wine

    Named 2007 Winemaker of the Year by the Sonoma County Harvest Fair, winemaker Michael Loykasek ha...

  • Carlo Rossi Vineyards

    Every year the Great Central Valley of California provides harvests of uniquely delicious grapes....

  • Livingston Cellars

    Since 1984 and 17 years, the de facto estate wine of Livingston Moffett winery has been bottled ...

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Chardonnay on Snooth

  • Royal Tokaji Furmint 2011

    Snoothrank:

    Another one from the Jubliation 90's under $20 racks. A beautiful pale, pale ... similar to an unoaked French Chardonnay and like them, great complexity and acidity. Had alone, but would be great with food. Would not be surprised if this one held up well with more aging. A bargai Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • Bah humbug!Unless you're ready to sleigh some pergolas across the ocean, ... Sonoma pinot, syrah, zin, chardonnay and a couple surprise stocking stuffers in the saddle bags). Read More

    Forum post in the topic Russian River and Napa...


  • The father of all wine grapes won't go the way of the dinosaurs – for ... grape varieties including Chardonnay and Gamay. According to sources, Vouillamoz and the volunteers pooled together money to purchase the vineyard. A 1999 study by University of California, Davis, revealed the importance of the grape. “It came as little surprise when DNA ... Read More

    From the article Scientist and Volunteers Save Papa Bear of World's Wines


  • Thanksgiving wine pairing can be tough. With tons of different flavors and lots ... ... like Cabernet and Chardonnay always get a good number of shout-outs as well. So which ones do you choose? I say none of the above. At The Reverse Wine Snob, we love to introduce people to new varieties of wine and Thanksgiving presents an awesome opportunit... Read More

    From the article Off The Beaten Path Thanksgiving Wine Values


  • Complicated Chardonnay 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Green apple and peach aromas with a hint of petrol. Good mouthfeel, medium intensity with white grape juice, more peach, lychee and lime and a clean acidity. Finishes long. Read More

    Wine review by Snooth Editorial


  • Loophole Chardonnay Monterey 2013

    Snoothrank:

    A Tasting Room quarterly selection; Light to Medium Oak, Lemon and Lime and Green Apple Skin. Very, very Acidic (Tongue burning) - too much so for my taste, but probably goes well with Food. Tasting Notes from Lot 18:'...Delicious flavors of lemon tart, white pear and subtle oak with bright, driving acidity power through the wine, yet the finish... Read More

    Wine review by puhnner


  • They're crazy for wine in British Columbia. Okanagan College, located ... ... with food pairings for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The workshops will take place from 7 pm to 9 p.m on Oct. 7 and Oct. 14, respectively. On Oct. 8, British Columbia wine lovers can participate in the “Classic Pairings with B.C. Wine” workshop, in which participants w... Read More

    From the article British Columbia Vineyard Valley's College Offers Wine Workshops


  • Nathanson Creek Chardonnay 2006

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    Spectacular. I hate white wines. This wine completely stole my heart when I tasted it, Read More

    Wine review by Darlamaelee


  • We made it home safe and sound with a few less dollars in our bank account but ... tasting of a decent estate chardonnay, an excellent ’12 Chuy vineyard chard and several very fine pinots – the Sonoma Coast, Peay Vineyard and Hirsch Vineyard. The Peay was my favorite, a bite of acidity with bright red fruit, where the Hirsh had some darker che... Read More

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  • Despite having been a center of viticulture since the Roman era, it could be ... austere, and mineral-driven Chardonnays from Burgundy’s northwestern corner, more of them are realizing what treasures these wines can become given time in the bottle. The ability of Chablis to hang onto its freshness and vibrant, acidic zing for decades also play... Read More

    From the article Your Ticket to First-Class Chardonnay: Chablis


  • 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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