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What Is Chardonnay?

Chardonnay is the most popular white wine on the planet! Chardonnay grapes are extremely resilient grapes that require little maintenance, making them easy to grow in almost any climate. And this means that they are available in a wide variety of styles. Learn more here in our guide to Chardonnay.

What does Chardonnay taste like?

No two sources of Chardonnay wine will produce quite the same flavor profile. As it exemplifies the terroir of the region in which it was harvested, its flavor profile changes based on the soil in which it was grown. When hailing from cooler regions such as Coastal Chile, New Zealand, Burgundy, or Oregon, it will feature lighter notes of yellow apple, lemon, and quince. But Chardonnay from warmer climates such as South Australia, South Africa, and California will be expressive of ripe tropical flavors like pineapple, starfruit, and apricot.

How should I serve and store Chardonnay?

The ideal temperature for storing a white wine, like Chardonnay, is between 45°F and 65°F. An excellent place to store them would be in your basement, a closet, or a wine fridge. Whatever spot you choose, you will want to make sure that are not in direct contact with fluorescent or natural light!

When it comes to serving Chardonnay, it should be chilled before servings to help bring out its rich flavor and aroma. An oaky, full-bodied Chardonnay would be best served at 55°F while a less oaky, naked Chardonnay should be served and chilled at 50°F. You can take a bottle that's been stored somewhere not too hot or cool and put it in a refrigerator for about an hour prior to serving to achieve the desired temperature.

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