char·​don·​nay ˌshär-də-ˈnā How to pronounce chardonnay (audio)
often capitalized
: a dry white table wine typically made from a single white grape variety originally grown in France
also : the grape

Examples of chardonnay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web White wine fans will find an extensive selection of chardonnays, pinot grigios, sauvignon blancs, and everything in between. Kate Dingwall, Peoplemag, 17 Aug. 2023 The success of the 1973 Chateau Montelena chardonnay at the Judgment of Paris transformed the world of wine and the fortunes of the Napa-Sonoma region. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 11 July 2023 The hillside is planted in pinot noir and chardonnay grapes. Jeastman, oregonlive, 7 July 2023 Distilled with pinot noir and chardonnay grapes, the wine from which is aged for six months in oak barrels, this vodka (40% ABV) from Burgundy has a surprisingly aromatic character that's far from the bland reputation of some vodkas. Lauren Hubbard,, 17 May 2023 Echoes are heard in chardonnays and rieslings, sémillons and proseccos. Yotam Ottolenghi, New York Times, 16 Aug. 2023 The line also includes a Prosecco-like blanc de blanc, a chardonnay and a pinot noir that are not only good but also affordable. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 10 Aug. 2023 The first collection includes a red blend ($16) of cabernet with merlot, petit verdot, and petite sirah, a white blend ($16) of sauvignon blanc with a hint of chardonnay, and a limited reserve red blend ($40) that is matured for 22 months in French oak barrels. People Staff, Peoplemag, 2 Aug. 2023 Advertisement This is good, affordable California chardonnay. Dave McIntyre, Washington Post, 1 June 2023 See More

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Word History



First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of chardonnay was in 1886

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“Chardonnay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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