Legends of California Chardonnay

Winemakers who raised the bar for the Golden State’s star white grape

Legends of California Chardonnay
Thanks to these and other winemaking pioneers, California Chardonnay has developed into one of the most popular and well-made wines in the country. (Joe McKendry)
From the Jul 31, 2022, issue

It’s a Golden Age for Golden State Chardonnay. A high bar for quality has been set, and there are more outstanding- and classic-scoring bottlings than ever. The wines—whether distinctive single-vineyards or inspired regional blends—show exquisite balance between elegance and power. It’s no wonder that Chardonnay is the most popular white wine in the United States. Read on for Wine Spectator's spotlight on seven winemakers—including Mark Aubert, Paul Hobbs, Steve Kistler, John Kongsgaard, David Ramey, Helen Turley and the late Richard Graff—who have had the biggest influence on California Chardonnay.

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