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

Examples of chardonnay in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Cakebread cellars is celebrated throughout the United States for its stellar chardonnay ($46, Drizly) and distinguished pinot noir ($50, Vivino). Laura Denby, Better Homes & Gardens, "These Women in Wine Are the Masterminds Behind Some of Your Favorite Brands," 16 Mar. 2021 Of the whites, all made from the chardonnay grape, six were from California, four from Burgundy. Eric Asimov, New York Times, "Steven Spurrier, Who Upended Wine World With a Tasting, Dies at 79," 16 Mar. 2021 Landlines’ first wines were released in October 2020: three pinot noirs and a chardonnay. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "Partnership provides new wines and a new home for iconic Montinore Estate," 9 Jan. 2021 There is also a nice Rough Day cabernet sauvignon, but it’s this chardonnay that is the standout of the line. Washington Post, "The top 12 wine bargains of 2020 include an outstanding boxed malbec for the equivalent of $5 a bottle," 23 Dec. 2020 Taste a Malbec that won Gold in the 2018 Critics Challenge International Wine Competition or a chardonnay that took home silver in the 2019 Sommelier Challenge International Wine Competition. Michaela Bechler, Vogue, "17 Wine and Spirit Subscription Services to Try in 2021," 16 Mar. 2021 Among the suedes, Taffel is keen on the fittingly Gallic options of burgundy, chardonnay and the cognac-like Castor. Eric Twardzik, Robb Report, "You Can Now Customize Cult Favorite Corthay’s Shoes Right From Your Laptop," 25 Feb. 2021 Blended from chardonnay, pinot blanc and pinot nero (the Italian name for pinot noir), this lovely, lively sparkler bursts with red currant and apricot flavors, plus some toasty yeasty notes. Washington Post, "This $11 Bordeaux begs for pizza or burgers and will put a smile on your face," 18 Dec. 2020 Unoaked chardonnay, meanwhile, is fresh and lean with citrus and floral notes and aromas. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best chardonnay wine glass," 23 Feb. 2021

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First Known Use of chardonnay

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Chardonnay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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