noun, often capitalized
char·don·nay | \ˌshär-dᵊn-ˈā \

Definition of chardonnay 

: a dry white table wine typically made from a single white grape variety originally grown in France also : the grape

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For chardonnay lovers who don’t want butter. $22 2016 Brengman Brothers Gary’s Reserve Gewurztraminer. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Although a little red wine is made here, Meursault is famous for its whites, made from the chardonnay grape. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Meet Jean-Marc Roulot, the Actor Turned Top French Winemaker," 29 May 2018 The chardonnay room has a separate heating system for cold Oregon nights. The Washington Post,, "How to launch an acclaimed winery for less than $8 million," 6 May 2018 Word got around fast, and the chardonnay quickly became the winery’s fastest-selling release. Mike Dunne, sacbee, "Shenandoah Valley’s newest winery Paul J. Wines recognizes the old," 4 July 2018 Among the most popular are pinot blanc, pinot gris (also called pinot grigio by some Michigan winemakers), sauvignon blanc, riesling, gewurztraminer and chardonnay on the white side; or pinot noir, cabernet franc and merlot on the red side. Michael Austin,, "Explore Michigan's diverse wine scene, one of the country's most exciting developing regions," 5 July 2018 Where chardonnay and pinot grigio are fairly neutral and predictable in flavor profile, sauvignon blanc has a dramatic stylistic range that can be quite forceful in flavor and is hard to predict from the label alone. Marnie Old,, "Great Wine Values: Casillero del Diablo Sauvignon Blanc," 2 July 2018 Unlike Champagne, a bubbly that’s almost always chardonnay and/or pinot noir—and sometimes pinot meunier—crémants often rely at least partly on local varieties. Elin Mccoy,, "Forget Prosecco: French Crémants Should Be Your Champagne Alternative," 21 Feb. 2018 Chalk Hill, which Furth ran with his former wife, Peggy Jane, produced award-winning Sauvignon and chardonnay wines. Carl Nolte,, "Memorial set for Fred Furth, noted SF attorney and Sonoma County vintner," 11 July 2018

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1892, in the meaning defined above

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