- Tiny Grantwood Winery tops Walla Walla Valley Wine Competition
- Savor Idaho serves as delicious barometer for Idaho wine industry
- 2018 vintage for Northwest wine growers tracks ahead of hot 2015
- Auction of Washington Wines grows Private Barrel lots by 55 percent
- Parks Redwine, owner of NorthWest Wine Summit competition, dies in Atlanta
- 15 years of women in wine at Walla Walla Community College
- Union Wine Co. doubles production, adds sales reps beyond Oregon
- Abacela brings home more gold with Grenache rosé
- Individual tickets available for 32nd annual IPNC in Oregon
- Taste Washington grows attendance by 15 percent
Chardonnay thrives throughout Pacific Northwest
Despite being occasionally vilified as boring, Chardonnay remains America’s favorite wine. This is primarily thanks to the strength of California’s love for the noble grape of Burgundy. But it’s also strong in every corner of the Pacific Northwest.
- In Washington, Chardonnay is second only to Cabernet Sauvignon in total tonnage, though more acreage of Chardonnay is planted in the state than any other grape.
- In Oregon, Chardonnay has long played second fiddle to Pinot Gris, but a revival is taking place, thanks to innovation by winemakers dedicated to Chardonnay’s comeback. Both grapes are, of course, far behind Pinot Noir in overall interest and production.
- As in Oregon, Chardonnay is second to Pinot Gris in British Columbia, though by a narrow margin. In fact, Chardonnay makes up nearly 20 percent of all white wine production.
- And in Idaho, Chardonnay plays a strong role beside Riesling as a favorite grape.
Thus, it is easy to find Chardonnay of varying styles throughout the Pacific Northwest, including everything from steely acidity and bright fruit to full-blown malolactic fermentation and barrel aging.
Here are a dozen delicious Northwest Chardonnays we’ve tasted in recent weeks.