noun, often capitalized
char·​don·​nay | \ ˌshär-də-ˈnā How to pronounce chardonnay (audio) \

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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This is when some consumers start to stand up and listen: Yes, your chardonnay and strawberries are on the line. Sean Illing, Vox, "The climate crisis and the end of the golden era of food choice," 24 June 2019 Opt for a flight ($25-$40) focused on the Wente chardonnay clone, small lot red wines or winemaker Karl Wente’s Nth degree label. Jessica Yadegaran, The Mercury News, "First Look: Inside Wente Vineyards’ new Livermore winery restaurant," 24 June 2019 The more straight-forward Gallifant boasts classics like cabernet, chardonnay, petite sirah and sangiovese. Georgann Yara, azcentral, "Want to learn more about wine? These 12 Phoenix tasting rooms can help," 19 June 2019 Vinnie and Natalie Cilurzo, founders of Russian River Brewing Company, busted out a magnum of their 2010 batch 5 of Temptation, a sour blonde ale aged in chardonnay barrels. Alyssa Pereira,, "Chuck the wine. Paso Robles is a beer town now," 12 June 2019 Among these 20 bottles are no chardonnays or cabernet sauvignons, nothing from Napa Valley or Burgundy. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "20 Wines Under $20: Plenty of Variety and Not One Chardonnay," 17 May 2018 One hundred percent of proceeds from their boutique cabernet sauvignon and chardonnay go to breast cancer research via Kerr’s Birdies for Breast Cancer nonprofit. Fox News, "Best wines for a cause," 9 Oct. 2015 Or head for the dog- and kid-friendly Armida Winery tasting room, which sources zinfandel, pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc from its mother ship winery near Healdsburg. Allen Pierleoni, The Mercury News, "A weekend of beachy fun in Capitola-by-the-Sea," 16 June 2019 For Rosalie, brewmaster Matt Brynildson cofermented pilsner and white wheat malt with chardonnay grapes. Ac Shilton, Outside Online, "The 12 Best Summer Beers of 2019," 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of chardonnay

1892, in the meaning defined above

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