How to Order Wine Without Sounding Stupid Slideshow

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This popular, adaptable white wine grape can be grown in just about every wine-producing country in the world. It is the grape behind the famed dry, white burgundies of France and one of the principal varietals in champagne. Typically, chardonnay is an oaked wine with medium-high acidity and a fuller body. It's flavors and aromas can range from toasty and vanilla (from the oak) to tropical fruits to slightly earthy.

Food Pairing: Fatty fishes (think salmon) and rich cream sauces have always been a classic pairing with chardonnay.