With complex fruit flavors and often a rich, creamy texture; the most popular white wine in the U.S. to date
Swirl and taste: Green apple, pear, melon, creamy lemon, and sometimes pineapple, rounded out with butterscotch and vanilla.
White-fleshed fish ― halibut, black cod (sablefish), sturgeon, mahimahi, tilapia
Chicken and turkey
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.
Perfect recipe pairings
For oaked styles
• Mendo Crab Cakes
• Golden Squash with Sautéed shrimp
• Caramelized Fall Fruit Salad with Chicken
• Lemon-Oregano Chicken
• Roast Hens with Golden Vegetable Hash