chardonnay

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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Others, like Sylvain Pataille of Marsannay, contend that aligoté is every bit as capable as chardonnay of showing the intricacies of Burgundian terroir. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Your Next Lesson: Aligoté," 31 May 2018 First, most volcanic spots are known for preserving unique, indigenous grape varieties that offer different flavors than do such ubiquitous international varietals as chardonnay and cabernet. Bloomberg.com, "Volcanic Wines Are Heating Up Around the Globe," 30 Mar. 2018 Brimming with blackberry, plum and smoke, plus spice, black pepper and chocolate on the finish, this Napa Valley wine comes from the winery that won the Paris Wine Tasting of 1976 with its chardonnay. Michael Austin, chicagotribune.com, "15 zinfandels to drink with whatever meat you're grilling," 23 May 2018 During his European sojourn de Wet developed a taste for chardonnay, and in 1981 De Wetshof became the first South African winery to market the varietal. Jay Mcinerney, Town & Country, "Why You Should be Drinking South African Chardonnay," 23 June 2017 The rest of us generally need a little more help, usually in the form of prescription pharmaceuticals, 1-2 miniature bottles of cheap chardonnay, or a swath of thick cashmere and something lavender scented. Condé Nast Traveler, "5 Travel Kits that Will Actually Help You Sleep on a Plane," 22 Mar. 2018 After all, treating yourself at happy hour or cuddling up with a bottle of chardonnay are often billed as totally acceptable forms of self-care. Claire Gillespie, Glamour, "Self-Care Only Worked for Me When I Got Sober," 22 Dec. 2018 Evenings were spent sitting on my wood balcony with a glass of Bavarian chardonnay, waiting for the cool night air and inky twilight to fill the valley. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Perfect Long Weekend in Bavaria," 17 Sep. 2018 This lively, refreshing wine, made of 100 percent chardonnay, is full of lemon, lime, apple and toasty bread crust. Michael Austin, The Seattle Times, "Trentodoc is the budget answer to Champagne you need to know," 11 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of chardonnay

1892, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chardonnay

French

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