Try Chardonnay Wine if You Like Viognier or Pinot Gris.


Overview of the Chardonnay Wine Varietal

Wide range of textures and profiles, from light bodied to full, low to medium/high acidity (depending on growing region), 13% – 15% alcohol by volume, aromas and flavours highly dependant on oak influence and/or malolactic fermentation.


How To Pronounce the grape Chardonnay: char-duh-NAY


Why We Like Chardonnay Wine

  • The unoaked version is crisp and fresh tasting (think: Chablis)
  • Oaky Chardonnay is the big, rich white wine for red wine drinkers


Flavours and Aromas of the Chardonnay Variety

  • Fruit: Green apple, green plum, lemon, lime, pear, peach, pineapple, mango banana, guava, lemon zest, citrus zest, orange
  • Vegetable: bell pepper, leaves, grass, almond
  • Floral: honeysuckle
  • Spice: vanilla bean
  • Earth: wet rocks, wet flint

OAKED Chardonnay Can Also Have These Flavours:

Butter, Oak, Smoke, Vanilla, Toast, Creamy, Coconut, Dill


Chardonnay Wine’s Perfect Food Pairings

Best Food Pairings with ALL styles of Chardonnay

  • Cheese (Gouda, Havarti, Monterey Jack, Ricotta, Provolone),
  • Chicken and Turkey
  • Pork (Chop)
  • Fish (halibut, tilapia)

Best Food Pairings with OAKED Chardonnay

  • Cheese (Asiago, Cheddar)
  • Grilled Dishes
  • Fish (battered, rich cream sauces)

Best Food Pairings with UNOAKED Chardonnay

  • Cheese (Brick, Feta)
  • Asian Dishes
  • Pork (Ham, Bacon)
  • Seafood (light, shelfish)


Where In The World Does the Chardonnay Grape Grow?

Old World Chardonnay Regions

  • Burgundy (including Chablis), France
  • Champagne, France
  • Italy
  • Moldova

New World Chardonnay Regions

  • USA (California, New York)
  • Australia
  • Canada (BC, Ontario)
  • Argentina
  • Chile
  • South Africa


Interesting Facts About the Chardonnay Grape

Chardonnay is the most widely planted grape variety in the world! Some of the most expensive wine in the world is made from Chardonnay grapes.


Other Names for the Chardonnay Varietal

Chablis, White Burgundy (Bourgogne Blanc), Montrachet, Melon Blanc


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