Looking For A Great Chardonnay?

Let the WineAlign Critics help you find the Right Wine for the Right Price, Right Now!

Get Your Free Access Now

Top 5 Chardonnay at the LCBO

Find the BEST wines in YOUR price range

  • Over 115,000 wines reviewed and ranked
  • Reviews from Canada's top professional wine critics
  • Articles by Canada's best wine writers
Start drinking better wine now

Latest Articles

Buyers’ Guide to VINTAGES Aug 8th, Part One


Loire Valley and Smart White Buys By John Szabo MS with wine notes from David Lawrason and Sara d’Amato The Loire Valley is one of my favourite regions. Sancerre and Pouilly Fumé remain world sauvignon benchmarks. Cabernet franc from the appellations around Tours and Saumur define the perfumy cool climate style. Chenin reigns supreme east […] More

Season 5, Table 12 of “So, You Think you Know Wine?”


Sterling Napa Valley Chardonnay 2012 (aka Quacks Like a Duck) After weeks of battling for position and points, only six contestants have advanced to the Semi Finals of “So, You Think You Know Wine?” John Szabo, David Lawrason and Jennifer Huether qualified as group two of the semi-finalists, and they will be up next time. Sara d’Amato, […] More

The 2015 WineAlign National Wine Awards of Canada


A Record Medal Haul, A Widening Range of WinesJuly 29, 2015 by David Lawrason The results of the 2015 National Wine Awards of Canada are out (read on or skip to the results), with more medals handed out than Canadian athletes won at the Pan American games that wrapped up Sunday in Toronto (they won […] More

National Wine Awards of Canada

Discover Canada's best wines! In 2014, 19 judges tasted 1,335 wines from 209 wineries across the country to identify Canada's top wines.

View Award-Winning Wines

World Wine Awards of Canada

Seventeen judges tasted 1,000 wines in 21 categories in 2014 to find the world's best wines sold in Canada under $50.

View Award-Winning Wines



Chardonnay

The main white grape of Burgundy has become ubiquitous in the wine world, and remains one of the most popular of the "international" grape varieties. Planted all over the globe, from the most southerly regions of New Zealand to Québec's Eastern Townships, the Chardonnay grape itself is relatively neutral, with many of the flavours commonly associated with the grape being derived more from the specific climate and geology or the vinification and aging methods than from any intrinsic aromatic components. In fact, the notes of butter and vanilla, so often associated with chardonnay, are actually derived from oak and a process called malolactic fermentation, rather than from the grape itself. With such a transparent character, it shouldn't be a surprise to see it vinified in many different styles, from the elegant, "flinty" wines of Chablis to rich, buttery Meursaults and New World wines with tropical fruit flavors. Chardonnay is also an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne.