This hybrid grape is a cross of the famed Chardonnay grape with the popular Seyval Blanc. Chardonel can be fermented in oak or stainless steel barrels, and the grapes produce a dry and full bodied wine. Depending on aging techniques, this hybrid may exude notes of oak, butter or citrus fruit.
Sounds like: shar-doe-nel
Looks like: lemony-yellow
Smells like: the inside of a barrel or a lemon depending on the winemaker
Tastes like: oak barrel and citrus fruit
Feels like: full and dry
Pairs well with: almonds, creamy white cheeses and mushrooms