Chardonnay: rich and complex white

With complex fruit flavors and often a rich, creamy texture; the most popular white wine in the U.S. to date

Chardonnay: rich and complex white
Photo: Annabelle Breakey

Swirl and taste: Green apple, pear, melon, creamy lemon, and sometimes pineapple, rounded out with butterscotch and vanilla.

Pair with:
• Sweet shellfish
• White-fleshed fish ― halibut, black cod (sablefish), sturgeon, mahimahi, tilapia
• Chicken and turkey
• Pork
• Veal
• Legumes
• Winter squash
• Corn
• Nuts
• Risotto and pasta
• Cream and butter sauces
• Mild Caribbean dishes with tropical fruit flavors

Find your style: California winemakers have traditionally made Chardonnay in a rich, buttery style by fermenting and aging it in oak barrels. Too much oak can cover up the fruit, so some winemakers are starting to substitute stainless-steel tanks for a leaner, crisper style.

 


 
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