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7 Top Chardonnay Substitutes: Enhance Your Wine Options

We’ve all been there: staring at a recipe that calls for Chardonnay, and realizing we either ran out or just never had any to begin with. No need to panic! We’ve got you covered with some fantastic Chardonnay alternatives.

From other types of wine to a few non-wine substitutes, we’re here to make sure your dish doesn’t miss a beat. Personally, we’ve tried these ourselves, and they work like a charm.

So let’s get this culinary swap party started! Mix things up with our top choices and make your next recipe shine, just the way you want it.

7 Easy Substitutes for Chardonnay

For these swaps, we’ve picked out some of the most common types of wine and non-alcoholic substitutes that can easily replace Chardonnay in a pinch.

SubstituteTasteTextureRatioSuitable Dish
Sauvignon BlancCrisp, citrusyLight, refreshing1:1Salads, seafood dishes
Pinot GrigioCrisp, floralLight, crisp1:1Pasta dishes, seafood
RieslingSweet, fruityLight, refreshing1:1Desserts, fruit salads
GewürztraminerSweet, spicyLight, crisp1:1Desserts, fruit salads
Chenin BlancSweet, floralLight, refreshing1:1Desserts, fruit salads
MoscatoSweet, fruityLight, refreshing1:1Desserts, fruit salads
Sparkling WineFizzy, fruityLight, refreshing1:1Celebrations, special occasions

1 – Sauvignon Blanc

The go-to Chardonnay swap? Sauvignon Blanc. This white wine’s got that crisp snap we love. Flavors are bright, with notes of green apple and zesty lime.

We found it has a bit more acidity than Chardonnay. It’s great for seafood dishes and light sauces. Switch up the ratio to 1:1; no complex math needed. It’s a solid option to keep on hand.

Want more ideas? Check out our guide to Sauvignon Blanc substitutes. It’s packed with helpful tips!

2 – Pinot Grigio

The next contender, Pinot Grigio, is like Chardonnay’s fun cousin. It’s crisp, light, and has a fruity vibe that’s packed with green apple and pear tones. We found it’s a bit more refreshing with less oaky flavor. Perfect for salad dressings and chicken dishes.

Use a 1:1 ratio and your dishes will never miss a beat. It’s common, versatile, and always a hit in our recipes.

Want more options? Check out our Pinot Grigio substitutes for even more tasty ideas!

3 – Riesling

Riesling brings a sweet, fruity punch to the table with notes of apple, peach, and citrus. It’s less acidic than Chardonnay, giving your dish a softer finish. Perfect for balancing spicy dishes, especially Asian cuisine.

We’ve used it in everything from chicken stir-fry to pork chops. The results? Always delicious. Substitution ratio is simple: use Riesling 1:1 for Chardonnay.

Great for late dinners where a sweeter touch can elevate flavors. Definitely a go-to in our wine swap toolkit. Keep a bottle ready!

4 – Gewürztraminer

Gewürztraminer is a fantastic Chardonnay substitute with a unique twist. This white wine brings a spicy, aromatic profile with hints of lychee and rose. We found it slightly sweeter than Chardonnay, adding an interesting layer to dishes.

It’s an excellent choice for recipes with pork and creamy sauces. Use the same 1:1 ratio as Chardonnay. We tried it in a creamy mushroom sauce and were pleasantly surprised. The subtle sweetness gave the dish an extra kick.

5 – Chenin Blanc

Chenin Blanc, our secret weapon, is a versatile and vibrant Chardonnay substitute. Tasting it, we got hints of apple and pear with a touch of honey. It’s perfect for dishes needing a bit of zest.

We loved using it in creamy pasta sauces; the balance was spot on. Use the same 1:1 ratio as Chardonnay. Our team’s Alfredo sauce never tasted better.

Chenin Blanc brings a light sweetness and crispness. It complements seafood really well too. We highly recommend trying it in your next recipe.

6 – Moscato

Moscato is a sweet, bubbly white wine that’s perfect for desserts and fruity dishes. It’s like a fun pop of flavor with notes of peach, apricot, and citrus.

We find it fantastic for balancing spicy dishes and adding a sweet twist. Use a 1:1 ratio for Chardonnay.

We tried Moscato in a shrimp stir-fry and it was amazing. The sweetness mellowed the spice just right.

Moscato is lighter than Chardonnay, making it a great fit for light sauces. Give it a shot, you won’t regret it.

7 – Sparkling Wine

Last on our list is Sparkling Wine. This bubbly wonder brings a refreshing and lively twist to your recipes. It’s like a party in your mouth with hints of apple, pear, and citrus.

We substitute Sparkling Wine 1:1 for Chardonnay, especially in seafood and light pasta dishes. This swap brings a bright, fizzy touch to the flavors.

Remember to let the bubbles settle before cooking, to keep the fizz. Check our guide on Champagne substitutes for more sparkling ideas.

It’s perfect for lifting the spirits of any dish. We’ve loved the zing it brings to our meals!