Chardonnay is like Kim Kardashian: loved, loathed, and everywhere. We can't seem to get enough of this butter bombshell, which has maintained its position as the leading varietal of wines for the last decade. Nowhere is this more true than in California, where Chardonnay is the most widely planted wine grape. In 2014, the state crushed 718,000 tons of Chardonnay and shipped 54 million cases to the rest of the United States.
Lately, though, Chardonnay has been showing us another side, casting aside its oaky, popcorn-scented image and reinventing itself as complex and nuanced. It's prime time to reconsider the queen of whites.