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Chardonnay - (Shar-doe-nay)

One of the world's most well-known white wine grapes. Originated in Burgundy, where many argue that it still reaches its pinnacle, but widely planted in the U.S., Australia and all over the world. In modern times, "Chardonnay" has become almost synonymous in the mass market with a generic "glass of white wine." Apple and green-apple aromas are the classic descriptor, although tropical fruit and pineapple show up commonly, especially in American and Australian Chardonnays, and when aged in oak -- as New World Chardonnays often are -- it may add the vanilla, spice and tropical fruit flavors typical of oak.

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