Sterling Chardonnay Review

Sterling Chardonnay Review
Let's find out more about Sterling Chardonnay wine.

This is our Sterling Chardonnay review.

Are you after a light and refreshing oaked Chardonnay  with citrus and tropical fruit flavors? 

And what if I tell you that it pairs well with a vast variety of dishes at it’s affordable too?

Well, this is the wine you have been looking for! We liked it a lot!

Find below our Sterling Chardonnay full review along with our food pairings recommendations, serving tips, curiosity and where you can buy it.

Let’s begin!

Our Sterling Chardonnay Review

  • Brand: Sterling
  • Grape Varietal: Chardonnay
  • Region: United States, California
  • Tasting Notes: Citrus & Tropical fruit notes
  • Glass & Serving: Chardonnay / 45-50 °F (7-10 °C) / Don’t decant
  • Price Range: $10-$15
  • Bottle Size: 750 ml

Sterling Chardonnay review: What's its color?

Sterling Chardonnay wine has a pale lemon color, with quick falling thick legs.

If you want to know more on how to taste wine and the lingo that goes with it, check out this article: How To Taste Wine Like a Pro in 4 Steps.

What does Sterling Chardonnay taste like?

Sterling Chardonnay is entirely made from Chardonnay grapes. 

Pear and Pineapple are first aromas you’ll get.

On the palate citrus and tropical fruit are the most prominent flavors along with a hint of spice, vanilla and butter. It’s light and refreshing. 

Is Sterling Chardonnay wine sweet?

No it’s not sweet. Sterling Chardonnay wine is a dry wine.

A dry wine contains less than 15 g/L.

Learn more about wine sweetness level here.

Sterling Chardonnay review: Which food pairs well with it?

Sterling Chardonnay is a light and refreshing oaked Chardonnay.

Classic appetizers are prosciutto Crudo and pumpkin to name some.

Meat wise go for pork, grilled meat, and roast chicken example.

For fish, we recommend tuna, smoked salmon, grilled fish, and crab cakes.

If you are a cheese lover you should try it with cream and triple cream cheeses like Brie and Brillat-Savarin.

Sterling Chardonnay review: What's its alcohol content?

Sterling Chardonnay wine’s alcohol content is 13.5%.

In case you wonder about alcohol content or more precisely Alcohol By Volume, i.e. ABV, measure the alcoholic strength of a drink.

There is a direct relationship between the sugar left in the wine after the alcoholic fermentation has taken place, i.e. Residual Sugar or RS, and ABV.

During alcoholic fermentation, the yeast transforms the sugar in the grape juice into alcohol.

Grapes with high residual sugar will therefore produce dry wine with a high ABV.

How many calories are in a glass of Sterling Chardonnay wine?

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture [1] a 5-ounce glass will contain about 120 to 130 calories.

Alcohol contains 7 calories per gram. So a wine with high ABV will have a higher calories per glass than a wine with low ABV.

Furthermore, sugar contributes to the calorie count.

A dry wine will usually have 4 calories per grams vs a sweet wine that will have around 20 calories per grams of carbs, which include sugar.

What is Sterling?

Here is an extract from the Sterling website itself:

“”I was at Sterling one week and I knew I wanted to be here forever. The priority on quality and the passion from the whole team is incredibly inspiring.”

remembers Lauren, who started as an Interim Assistant winemaker before taking on the permanent role of Assistant Winemaker in June of 2015.

“The priority on quality and the passion from the whole team is incredibly inspiring.”

In her role as Winemaker, Lauren oversees the winemaking process from grape to bottle, starting with vineyard and harvest decisions, through day-to-day operations, and ending with blending and bottling.”


This is a light and refreshing oaked Chardonnay that for around ~$10 offers a good value for your money.

Ripe lemon, pineapple, and a light butter finish will complement many dishes from veggie, pasta, white and red meats, and our beloved cheeses.

Try it with prosciutto Crudo, turkey, roasted vegetables, pork or Brie cheese and it’ll be a delight. At least it was for me!😍

If you have never tried it, I’m not entirely sure what are you still waiting for?

Once you had it, we’d love to know your opinion, so reach out and let’s know what you think! Enjoy!

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