Learn about Chardonnay

Robert Mondavi Napa Valley Chardonnay 2009

Mondavi Chardonnay

Learn about Chardonnay

Chardonnay is a white wine grape from Burgundy, France, and the most popular white wine purchased in the United States. Domestic Chardonnay is made in two common styles, the most beloved is oaky and buttery. Less popular, but gaining headway among younger wine drinkers, is unoaked or stainless steel fermented and aged Chardonnay. Some times this is referred to as “Naked” Chardonnay. Stainless Chardonnay is more crisp and fruity, on the refreshing side of white wines. There can also be Chardonnay wines produced in the middle of these two styles. The Chardonnay can be barrel fermented or aged in neutral oak. This gives the wine more depth in the mouth and takes some of the crispness from the wine.

Under $20 Chardonnay wines we like:

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Foods we like with Chardonnay:

Unoaked Chardonnay

Oaked and buttery Chardonnay:

  • Dungeness Crab
  • Crab cakes
  • Fish with a creamy sauce
  • Risotto
  • Salmon – Pietro recipe
  • Roasted chicken
  • Thick veggie soups

* It was the Wente winery that was first to plant Chardonnay in the United States. In 1912 Carl H. Wente brought over Chardonnay cuttings from a nursery in France. Over the next 30 years, choosing selected vines. the Wente Chardonnay Clone was established. The history of Chardonnay according to Wente Vineyards.

chardonnay grapes

Chardonnay grapes harvested in the Carneros wine region of Napa County