Chardonnay

White


Chardonnay is by far the foremost white grape of Burgundy and has become ever-present in today’s wine world. Chardonnay is also the 5th most widely planted grape variety in the world. Chardonnay is all over the globe, from France to California to New Zealand. Genetic studies have identified Chardonnay as a cross between Pinot Noir and Gouais Blanc. Once again we can thank the Romans for planting the two grapes side-by-side which allowed nature to take its course. Historical references note California plantings of Chardonnay date back to the late 1800s.

Because Chardonnay comes in a wide variety of styles it is an easy wine for wine and food pairings. The Chardonnay grape itself is relatively neutral, with many of the flavors commonly associated with the grape being derived more from the specific climate and terroir or the production and aging methods than from any inherent aromatic components. In fact, the notes of butter and vanilla, so often associated with chardonnay, are actually derived from oak and a process called malolactic fermentation, rather than from the grape itself.

Chardonnay pairs well with cheese, fish, turkey to name a few. Stay clear of overly spicy dishes and avoid dishes having heavy flavorings that upstage the delicate range of flavors in the wine. Think apples, smoked salmon, provolone, pears . . . the choice is yours. Chardonnay (pronounced, shar doh nay) has been featured in each of our six Wine Clubs over our 25+ years and will continue to be a very popular featured varietal for years to come.

Chardonnay Wines

831

2014 Chardonnay
91 Points

J. Wilkes

2013 Chardonnay
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Thomas Fogarty

2012 Chardonnay
92 Points

Lewis

2014 Chardonnay
93 Points

Benovia

2013 Chardonnay
94 Points

Rancheria Cellars

2013 Chardonnay
Special Selection

Trombetta

2014 Chardonnay
200 Cases Produced

Parmelee-Hill

2013 Chardonnay
91 Points

Graton Ridge

2014 Chardonnay
2 Gold Medals

Pellegrini

2013 Chardonnay
Multiple Awards

Rucksack Cellars

2014 Chardonnay
Special Selection

DuMOL

2012 Chardonnay
94 Points

Windstream

2013 Chardonnay
88 Points

Suncé

2013 Chardonnay
Russian River

Mueller

2012 Chardonnay
90 Points

Thirty Seven

2010 Chardonnay
173 cases

Donelan

2012 Chardonnay
91 Points

Lucas & Lewellen

2013 Chardonnay
90 Points

Filipponi Ranch

2012 Chardonnay
Gold Medal

Madroña

2013 Chardonnay
Special Selection

Lewis

2013 Chardonnay
94 Points

MoonWalker

2013 Chardonnay
Silver Medal

Provocative

2012 Chardonnay
Double Gold Medal

Dawson Creek

2012 Chardonnay
85 Points
Wineries Producing Chardonnay