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Chardonnay is considered one of the most popular white wines around the world. However, many do not realize that there are two different kinds produced: Unoaked and Oaked. Unoaked Chardonnay is typically aged in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation becomes simpler in the tanks causing the wine to be crisper and refreshing with a fruity and floral front. These wines are usually on the drier side and tend to be produced in Europe, where stainless steel tanks are preferred. Oaked, or Barrel-aged Chardonnays are usually placed in American or French oak barrels. Due to the oak flavor of the barrels, the finished product is more on the toasty side with hints of vanilla and honey. The finish is rich and very buttery in taste and smoothness. A barrel aged Chardonnay is typically higher priced and American produced.