Top 10 Chardonnays Under $10

Chardonnay is perhaps one of the most popular varietals of wines.  It is delicious on a warm sunny day; yet just as scrumptious cozied up next to the fire in the winter.

One of the reasons the Chardonnay grape is so popular is because it is very adaptable and neutral, taking on different flavors depending on the winemaker. This popular grape grows in all different types of climates, determining its personality. Cool climate grown Chardonnays tend to be dry, crisp with clean fruit flavors, while warmer climate Chardonnays lean toward a richer, honey flavor. One of the reasons California Chardonnays are so popular is because the grapes are influenced by coastal fogs that slow the ripening process, giving the grapes more time to develop their flavors.

Using my love and knowledge of wine, I have spent the better part of my summer tasting and reviewing Chardonnays, just for you! A good, everyday Chardonnay does not have to be expensive which is why I am sharing My Top 10 Chardonnays Under $10 with you!



My Top 10 Chardonnay’s Under $10 (in no particular order):

1) Bogle Vineyards Chardonnay: This wine is a favorite among my girlfriends. It is peachy, light and slightly creamy; with a nice buttery finish.

2) Fetzer Vineyards Valley Oaks Chardonnay: Not only is this a tasty, light-bodied chardonnay, this wine is always dependable and affordable.

3) Mark West Chardonnay: I love Mark West wines. This chardonnay is medium-bodied, smooth, easy to drink and has some yummy citrus flavors!

4) Chalone Chardonnay: Pretty young chardonnay but delicious, creamy and citrusy.

5) Morro Bay Split Oak Vineyard Chardonnay: Talk about creamy! With hints of apple this chardonnay will not disappoint!

6) Robert Mondavi Private Selection: Delicious, creamy, oaky and easy to drink. Robert Mondavi wines stand the test of time!

7) A by Acacia Chardonnay: This chardonnay is a little drier than others on my list but still has some yummy creaminess. Bright, crisp, and a great wine to enjoy with some cheese and appetizers.


8) Estancia Chardonnay: This is more of a full-bodied chardonnay with lots of fruits flavors. It is a smooth, fabulous everyday wine.

9) Sebastiani Chardonnay: This is a full-bodied, zesty chardonnay with citrus flavors. Excellent sipping wine.

10) McManis Chardonnay: This is a rich, beautifully colored chardonnay. With a lot of fruity flavors, smooth and easy to sip on.

{All of these wines were purchased at one of the following stores: Trader Joe’s, Safeway, BevMo}


Fun Facts About Chardonnay:

  • Chardonnay originated in the Burgundy wine region of France but is grown all over the world.
  • Chardonnay is a green, thick-skinned grape used to make white wine.
  • Chardonnay is an important component of many sparkling wines around the world, including Champagne.
  • Winemakers use oak to ferment (or age) Chardonnays, which adds to its richness.
  • Drink less expensive Chardonnays soon after purchase. More expensive, higher priced ones will improve for up to a decade.


Happy Chardonnay Sipping!