Over the past few years, in true basic girl fashion, I have become a lover of wine. I do not like beer and I’m not trying to drink hard liquor every time I want a drink, so wine is the perfect go-to for me. Plus, I love wineries. Not just for the wine, but for the scenery and atmosphere. But let’s be honest, you can’t completely enjoy a winery without tasting the wines!
After several years of sticking to sweet wines like moscato and riesling, I have grown to love chardonnay. Specifically “oaky” (or buttery, as some might say) chardonnays. When we moved into our house in 2016, we were lucky enough to move in next to a wonderful couple (Tim and Kelly) that also loves wine, and even luckier, specifically chardonnay. They have become like family to us and I love enjoying a glass (or bottle) of wine with them since my husband doesn’t drink wine.
Tim and Kelly have also shown me what good chardonnay is, and I am so thankful for that! I am not a wine connoisseur by any means, though. Not even close. I still have a LOT to learn, but I love learning more about wine when I can!
I have a few go-to chardonnays that I love, all at different price points. Most of these are very oaky, so if you are looking for one to try, I hope this list helps!
Dreaming Tree Chardonnay
Central Coast, CA – Golden straw in color, with fresh pear and white peach flavors. Toasty and crisp, this medium-bodied wine is easy to enjoy and will bring a taste of the Central Coast right to your home.
Average cost: $13.99
California – Butter Chardonnay has aromas of apple pie and a rich creaminess that surrounds you at each sip. Aged in oak, this wine sees brightness, complexity and depth in the creaminess.
Average cost: $15.99
Sonoma Cutrer Chardonnay
Int’l Wine Cellar-Sonoma Coast, CA- Flavors of lemon, apple, pear, pineapple and cantaloupe – the full array of Sonoma’s cornucopia of fruit, join a nutty, spicy, lightly oak profile that stakes out a unique territory sure to please those who love Chardonnay.
Average cost: $25.49
Wine Spectator – Carneros, CA – “Jazzy oak adds flavor and texture, offering creamy mocha, polished fig, pear and melon flavors. Maintains a fine balance and ends long and clean. Drink now… ”
Average cost: $38.00
This one is actually less oaky, but still delicious!
Wine Enthusiast – Sonoma Coast, CA – “This juicy coastal wine offers medium acidity and a lightness on the palate. It is a well-crafted, balanced effort, exuding wet stone, lemon zest, apple and white flower aromas and flavors.”
Average cost: $44.99