Chardonnay is likely the most popular grape vine planted worldwide. From France to Germany to California here in the United States, this lovely white grape is grown in a variety of areas and is used to produce everything from champagne to Chablis. In California, most Chardonnay wines are aged in oak barrels to give them a distinctive flavor and texture.
Some of the best Chardonnay wines on the market today come from California, which is to be expected in an area where these white grapes are the most prevalent. Below is a listing of some of the most delicious premium and second wines available by area at this time.
While some Chardonnay wines on the list are from outside of the U.S., the majority are U.S. based wines to make it easier for our customers and enthusiasts to be able to access those wines for their racks. Wines outside of the U.S. are also accessible, but we wanted to concentrate on Chardonnay wines inside the country for this article. Later in the season, we will create a list of Chardonnays from all over the world for you to add to your wine racks.
Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California
As you can see, there are a wealth of great Chardonnay wines to choose from across the world. We’ve highlighted most of the ones we love in the U.S. as they are generally the most accessible. In addition, the wines listed have reasonable prices that we feel people will be able to easily afford and will thus want to stock their wine rack with. While we love the more expensive wines as well, we accept that a wine slightly cheaper in cost is going to be preferred at a time where economics are in a spin.