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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  • Yesterday I enjoyed a nice massage, followed by an excellent lunch at Seasons ... ... a flight of white wines (Chardonnay, Viognier and Picpoul de Pinet), but then I had the full glass of a red wine (Cabernet Sauvignon from Mendoza) to finish the meal.  As for food, I had the Artichoke / Goat Cheese flat bread and a lobster tail, followed by t... Read More

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  • Super Bowl XLIX will be played on February 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix ... ... got to sip on homemade Chardonnay that came out of the host’s garage here in the scenic wine country of suburban Memphis, Tennessee.  I’ve picked five of my favorite Super Bowl snacks and have paired wines with each. While I almost entirely serve foreign wines... Read More

    From the article How to Pair Wine with Super Bowl Foods


  • According to the Mer Soleil web site, their Silver Unoaked Chardonnay is fermented in a combination of steel and cement fermenters.  So, if you are willing to compromise on your search, a bit, this wine is fairly well-distributed and you should be able to find it for a reasonable price.According to this article, Spottswoode uses it as a "blendin... Read More

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  • Hi all, This is going to sound odd but lately after doing a bit of research on various types of fermentation of wine in concrete tanks I am trying to locate wine stored only in concrete tanks. I learned of one called "Concrete Wines" but when I went to its website it was down. I believe it was a Napa wine. Does anyone know of any wines that matc... Read More

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  • Americans have a certain countess to thank for the recent inclusion of two ... ... ... a Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay, both from Lodi, California – draw inspiration from Lady Cora Crawley, the modern, American-born wife of British aristocrat Robert Crawley,” reporter Marc Bona wrote in a recent story on Cleveland.com. According to press m... Read More

    From the article Lords and Ladies: Downton Abbey Adds American Offerings to Wine Line


  • Scherrer Winery Chardonnay Alexander Valley 2012

    Snoothrank:

    Very similar to the '09, just going to paste my TNs from that one - This is a ... fresh, juicy, Russian River chardonnay. It is well balanced with apricot, honey, ripe pear, ripe apple, nice acidity and a touch of oak. This has great mouth feel and a wonderfully long finis Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • Liquid Farm Chardonnay Golden Slope 2012

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    Really, really nice Sta. Rita Hills chard. Loads of zippy lemon chiffon, a touch of honeysuckle, bracing acidity, light to no oak showing thru and a fairly long finish. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • If you can find a copy of the Wine Lovers Companion, a nice book small enough ... ... (you could buy Cali chardonnay from Napa, Sonoma and Santa Barbara, a vin de pays chardonnay from France, a lower-priced Burgundy, an Aussie chardonnay, for example) and just note what you taste.  Lemons, apricots, grass, herbs,salinity, stony notes, heavier... Read More

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  • Decoy Duckhorn Chardonnay Sonoma County 2013

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    I loved the oak in this wine Read More

    Wine review by winelubber


  • 2012 Havoc & mayhem McLaren Vale, Australia Chardonnay 2015

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    what a wonderful wine. the vintor has out did themselves. it embellishes all ... the palate. if you are not a chardonnay fan this wine will win you over Read More

    Wine review by Pickit4flavor


  • 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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