Northwest Riesling renaissance

By on April 13, 2014
Riesling is a favorite in the Pacific Northwest and around the world.

A winemaker at last summer’s Riesling Rendezvous at Chateau Ste. Michelle displays his love for Riesling. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

While Chateau Ste. Michelle is the undisputed king of Riesling – the Woodinville, Wash., winery produces more Riesling than any other winery in the world – many other wineries throughout the Pacific Northwest are crafting luscious examples of the most noble of white grapes.

With spring here and warm weather not far away, we are getting back into the mood to drink more Riesling.

Here are 10 examples from Washington and Oregon that we’ve tasted in recent weeks.

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Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.


  1. Robert Bentley CWE CWS

    April 15, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Hard to omit mention of Chehelam Riesling in nay such listing. Harry Nedry-Petersen made this , in my opinion, the ultimate in a dry , yet luscious version, more Austrian style than the boring sweet,”same old, Same old” versions more typical in the NW. While nice, I think /Eroica is overrated and a little overpriced-doesn;t touch Harry’s product!

    • Andy Perdue

      April 15, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      Hi, Robert.

      The Eroica is not mentioned here, either. As we indicated, these were Rieslings we’ve tasted in the past few weeks. Chehalem’s was not among those.

      That said, we did review Chehalem’s 2011 Three Vineyards Riesling last fall – and loved it:

    • Eric Degerman

      April 15, 2014 at 9:55 pm

      Greetings Robert,
      Andy & I remain huge fans and supporters of Chehalem Wines.
      Perhaps you are unaware, but I wrote the profile of Chehalem Wines for the current issue of Wine Press Northwest, in which Chehalem was presented as Oregon Winery of the Year for 2014.
      Harry Peterson-Nedry long has been one of my go-to winemakers for insight and history on many topics, and I’ve enjoyed interviewing Wynne during the past couple of years.
      Chehalem is indeed a fascinating winery on many levels — including Riesling — and we look forward to watching how the next chapter is written.
      I’d be curious to know which Riesling produced by Chehalem is your favorite, the SEXT or the Three Vineyard?

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