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 Or sip rosé, chardonnay, pinot and many other varietals at some of the more than 100 nearby wineries after a day of adventure. Elycia Rubin, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 May 2022 The Willamette Valley is blessed with any number of skilled chardonnay practitioners, and Seth Morgen Long is one of the best. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 9 May 2022 This one is crafted from premium chardonnay parcels from Cakebread’s four estate vineyards. Katie Kelly Bell, Forbes, 30 Apr. 2022 California chardonnay has the reputation of being extravagant, oaky and overblown, but this wine is the antithesis, subtle rather than excessive. New York Times, 13 Jan. 2022 Windemere gives us the opportunity to compare Sonoma and Santa Barbara counties with chardonnay as well as pinot noir. Washington Post, 10 Mar. 2022 His mastery shows in this blend of 72% pinot noir and 28% chardonnay. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 22 Dec. 2021 Pinot noir and chardonnay typically are not blended with other grapes, except in sparkling wines such as champagne. Washington Post, 20 Aug. 2021 Speaking of beverages, there was no chardonnay but there was Arrvo Coffee. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of chardonnay

1886, in the meaning defined above

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“Chardonnay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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