In the states, we get lots of Chardonnay from California. But on Chardonnay Day (May 21), let’s explore the grape’s options from all around the world.
- Oregon: What I love about Chardonnays from Oregon is that they change your mind about what Chardonnay can be. This one from Yamhill Valley Vineyards was surprisingly light and crisp, much more lemon than butter or even yellow apple you usually get. Very refreshing. $25
- New Zealand: In lockdown, I was dreaming of the truly beautiful view and the lovely wines I had at Mt. Beautiful when I was in New Zealand a few years ago. This Chardonnay has medium body with crisp yellow apple and some peach. $17
- Sonoma: Gary Farrell Russian River Selection highlights the character of the Russian River, with a special blend of barrels and vineyards. $35
- Tuscany: Tenuta di Nozzole Le Bruniche, unoaked, clean, and more savory than fruity. $14
- Asheville, NC: Biltmore Reserve Chardonnay North Carolina 2018, from the Vanderbilt estate, $17
- Casablanca Valley, Chile: This Alpha Montes has lots of intense aromatics with tropical and baked apple notes. $17
- Napa: I love the balance of the Newton Unfiltered. It has the richness that Napa delivers but with a current of lemon rind and grapefruit. $55
- Burgundy: The pinnacle of Chardonnay mind-blowingly silky and elegant. Explore any of them.
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