Chardonnay (pronounced: [ʃaʁ.dɔ.nɛ]) is a green-skinned grape variety used to make white wine. It originated in the Burgundy wine region of eastern France but is now grown wherever wine is produced, from England to New Zealand. For new and developing wine regions, growing Chardonnay is seen as a "rite of passage" and an easy entry into the international wine market.The Chardonnay grape itself is very neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived from such influences as terroir and oak. It is vinified in many different styles, from the lean, crisply mineral wines of Chablis, France to New World wines with oak, and tropical fruit flavors.
Posts about Chardonnay
  • Cultivar Wine Club Dinner with Friends - #CultivarWines

    … it? We drank this as an aperitif while we waited for everyone to arrive and for the delicious dinner to be ready. With our yummy grilled prawns, melted leeks and quinoa salad, we opened up: Cultivar 2013 Oak Knoll Chardonnay ($28) The Oak Knoll District in Napa is located in an area that benefits from the cooling influences of San Pablo Bay, so it's…

    Liza Swift/ Brix Chicksin Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • We the Icewine

    Xerox Icewine Gala, Fallsview Casino Resort Something has shifted in me, somewhere closer to the realm of sweet nirvana. It could be empathy, a delayed reaction in sensitive thought to what the winemakers and hard-working Niagara wine country folks had to endure in the winter of 2014. Maybe it’s a premature anticipation of the greatness that will come from sweet wines crafted ...

    Michael Godel/ Godello- 2 readers -
  • Hanna Winery 2013 Chardonnay

    … Located in the Sonoma Valley and founded in 1985 by world-renowned cardiac surgeon Dr. Elias Hanna to get back to his farming heritage, today is run by his daughter Christine. They own 600 acres of vines in Sonoma's Russian River Valley, Alexander Valley and the Mayacamas Mountains. Their 2013 Estate Grown Chardonnay from the Russian River…

    Debbie Gioquindo/ Hudson Valley Wine Goddessin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Review of Fall Creek Vineyards Chardonnay 2013

    … that are oaky, yet complex and not overly, well, buttered. When we start talking about Texas wine, Chardonnay is not the first grape that comes to mind as an industry driver. However, a handful of winemakers like Inwood Estates and Fall Creek Vineyards continue to produce this challenging wine, and I can tell you exceptional Chardonnay can…

    Jeremy Wilson/ Texas Wine Loverin Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Bedell Cellars Taste White 2013

    The Bedell Cellars Taste White 2013 is a blend of 50% Albariño, 30% Sauvignon Blanc, 15% Viognier and 5% Chardonnay sourced from sustainably farmed estate vineyards near the town of North Fork in Long Island, New York. Long Island has a maritime climate that cools the vineyards during the heat of summer and protects the vines from the extremes of cold in the winter.

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  • 28.1

    … A recent trio of wines, two fresh and one fading but full of warmth. Seville Estate Chardonnay 2011. Yarra Valley. Identifiably Australian and newish. Flint and a suggestion of smoulder, rich and ripe in the mouth, but still with good acidity and not overblown or over inflated. It's very good, but predictable. Bannockburn Shiraz 1998. I had low…

    Wino sapienin Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • Recent Sips: Ferrari, Matello Wines, and Steven Kent Winery

    … out there. For me, it is an area of interest where there is always something new to taste and learn. The wines selected for this post, a sparkler and two Chardonnay examples, are all great with food, yet quite enjoyable on their own. For further information and where you can find these wines, please see my tasting notes below. Bubbly just isn’t…

    Dezel Quillen/ My Vine Spotin Chardonnay- 4 readers -
  • Shades of Chardonnay

    …. When tasting Chardonnay the flavors and aromas that you can be experiencing from the glass are below. Keep in mind, a lot will depend on the type of Chardonnay you are tasting. Cool climate Chardonnay vs. warm climate. Oaked vs. unoaked. Young vines vs. old vines and the type of soil its grown in. You might get 4 or 5 of the flavors/aromas or 2 or 3. Next time you are drinking a Chardonnay, swirl, sniff and taste and let me know what flavors are on your palate. …

    Debbie Gioquindo/ Hudson Valley Wine Goddessin Chardonnay- 3 readers -
  • Nice 2013 Entries Quite Tasty from NZ, Spain

    …! Stoneleigh Latitude 2013 Chardonnay – Let’s face it when you think New Zealand most people don’t think Chardonnay – sauvignon blanc or pinot noir sure, Chard – not so much. This wine comes from New Zealand’s “Golden Mile” in the Marlborough – the premier region for wine grapes. I looked at this sample a couple of times when the box arrived certain I…

    Howard W. Hewittin Chardonnay- 2 readers -
  • 2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills

    … 2014 Wakefield Estate Chardonnay, Clare Valley and Adelaide Hills Brilliant pale straw color. Inviting aromas of subtle baking spices, white flowers, green apple, peach, and saline minerality waft from the glass. These flavors follow through on the palate, picking up a lingering note of nougat at the finish. This white wine is medium-bodied…

    Wine Linesin Chardonnay- 6 readers -
  • Seven compelling picks from VINTAGES for January 24

    … or all of these seven recommended bottles and have a great, wine-soaked January weekend. From left to right: Aubert Visan Côtes Du Rhône Villages 2013, Rosehall Run Cuvée Hungry Point Unoaked Chardonnay 2013, Bibbiano Chianti Classico 2011, Vignobles De Balma Vénitia Cuvée Saint Roch Vacqueyras 2011, Domaines Schlumberger Saering Riesling 2011…

    Michael Godel/ Godelloin Syrah Riesling Chardonnay- 5 readers -
  • Mini-reviews 68: French wine edition

    … Reviews of wines that don’t need their own post, but are worth noting for one reason or another. Look for it on the final Friday of each month. For January, four French wines: • Macon-Villages Les Tuiles 2013 ($10, purchased,13%): This chardonnay from the Macon region of Burgundy is another winner from Cave de Lugny, which specializes in quality…

    The Wine Curmudgeon- 11 readers -
  • Dinner in South Africa...or was it?

    … It’s a new year, and what better way to kick it off, than to gather a group of friends, and indulge in the cuisine of South Africa. Followers of this blog know that about every three months, we gather a group together, do some research on a regional cuisine, then create a dinner and wine pairing. “Cuisine of South Africa” you say? What…

    The Sommelier Updatein Chardonnay- 3 readers -
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