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Alternatives to A Favorite - Chardonnay

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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
  • Soave
  • Fiano
  • 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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