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From Gin to Single-Malt Whiskey, These Spirits Capture Chardonnay’s Zippy Appeal

Photography by Tom Arena

Chardonnay’s versatility and zippy acidity appeals to those making creative spirits and mixing cocktails.

Most likely, you’ve already had it in your martini: The grape often goes incognito in white vermouth and aperitif wines, sometimes as part of a blend (for example, Italy’s Carpano Bianco mixes it with Trebbiano and Cortese grapes). Others are more forthcoming, trumpeting local variations as a badge of micro-terroir: Atsby Vermouth uses a base of Long Island Chardonnay, while California aperitif-maker Mommenpop has worked with wine from the Napa, Sonoma and Mendocino regions.

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