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 White Burgundy, the King of Bon Vivants — The seminar will cover the culture, history and vineyards of Burgundy's chardonnays. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "An Italian wine festival and wine seminars are coming to Waterford Wine in Milwaukee," 10 Feb. 2020 In other words, stick to merlot over sherry and chardonnay over Riesling. Stefanie Gordon, Woman's Day, "How To Lose Belly Fat Without Starving Yourself Or Doing Crunches," 15 Jan. 2020 More traditional wines caught my eye as well, with standouts including any chardonnay from Perkins Harter Wines, the 2017 Beckham Estate Vineyard Willamette Valley Pinot Gris and the 2019 Outcrop Vineyard Pinot Noir from The Eyrie Vineyards. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, "‘Just Pressed’ offers first taste of Oregon’s 2019 wine vintage," 14 Dec. 2019 Current wines served at Hopwood Cellars and Winery include dry reds such as merlot and dry white wines such as chardonnay and Kabinett, a sweet peach wine. Natalia E. Contreras, Indianapolis Star, "This Zionsville winery expansion will feature a distillery and events center," 12 Dec. 2019 Burgundy’s iconic pinot noirs and chardonnays are still safe, for now. Alejandra Borunda, National Geographic, "Climate change is changing the flavor of French wine," 30 Sep. 2019 Taste your way through Rombauer’s flagship chardonnay and lovely merlot, and pick up a bottle (or 12) of their famous zins ($35 to $80). Jackie Burrell, The Mercury News, "10 Gold Country sipping, dining and outdoor adventures," 10 Aug. 2019 The blend is chardonnay, sauvignon blanc and vermentino. Dave Mcintyre, Washington Post, "This crisp, minerally $12 French white blend evokes the mountains where it’s grown," 18 Oct. 2019 Thirty guests enjoy an impressive smorgasbord — lamb with a chardonnay mint sauce, a platter piled with elk burgers. Rand Richards Cooper,, "In Our Midst: Gabriel Wheaton’s classical, contemporary, opulent and wildly eclectic one-man band," 15 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of chardonnay

1892, in the meaning defined above

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“Chardonnay.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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