Wanda Haynes, Certified Sommelier
Chardonnay originated in Burgundy, France and most Americans see chardonnay as a safe choice when unsure of which white wine to choose.
Oaked chardonnay is aged in new oak barrels. When chardonnay spends time in oak barrels instead of steel tanks, the oak imparts flavors into the wine that resemble vanilla bean, caramel, and dairy butter.
Unoaked chardonnay has spent its life in steel tanks and has refreshing tastes of pineapple and star fruit.
Chardonnay can be partially oaked; this means the wine was in both oak and a steel tank. The wine is deeper in color and richer than unoaked chardonnay.
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