Alternatives to A Favorite - Chardonnay
Here's the of Alternatives to Chardonnay list from the show!
Photo: Chardonnay grapes. Credit: Getty images via Canva
Chablis-Influenced – other cool climate wines
- Alsace Pinot blanc or Alto Adige Pinot bianco
- Dry Chenin Blanc from Loire – Savennieres (more than Vouvray)
- Sancerre (same soils)
- Muscadet – lees aging
- Godello from Valdeorras or Ribeira Sacra
Bourgogne style –More floral, fuller, neutral to medium oak, malolactic fermentation -- full or part, mineral driven, herbal
- Pecorino – Marche, Abruzzo
- Avesso from Vinho Verde
- Lisboa blends – Fernao Pires blends
- White Rhône blends – especially with Roussanne or Marsanne as the lead (viognier is too peachy, Grenache blanc too herbal)
- Gamay – Beaujolais
- New world Chenin Blanc – old vine from CA or South Africa
Heavier – oak, fuller bodied, peachy, tropical, bready (lees influence)
- White Rioja
- White Priorat and CndP – big wines
- Aged Hunter Valley Semillon (Australia, New South Wales)
- Possibly Grüner Veltliner because of the melon, tropical notes, smooth body but a little too “green” for a Chardonnay substitute
Sparkling (hard to find a substitute!) we recommend:
- Crémant de Loire (Chenin)
- Crémant de Alsace (Pinot Blanc)
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