San Francisco Chronicle shows love to Northwest wines

By on December 2, 2013
The San Francisco Chronicle top 100 wine list includes many selections from Washington and Oregon.

The San Francisco Chronicle’s annual top 100 list includes 22 wines from Oregon and Washington. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit)

SAN FRANCISCO – American wine is reaching a golden age. So says Jon Bonné, wine editor of the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle as he unveils his 100 best wines of 2013.

Bonné, who began his wine writing career in Seattle in 1999 for and has overseen the Chronicle’s superb wine coverage for the past seven years, selected 22 wines from Oregon and Washington for his annual list of wines that intrigued and spoke to him the most.

“The top wines coming from the West Coast right now are the best in a generation,” he wrote in his introduction to the list.

Maybe longer.

Unlike many top 100 lists, Bonné does not put his in any particular order. Rather, he posts favorites from a variety of categories.

Bonné shows a particular level of love toward Oregon Pinot Noirs, spotlighting seven of them (plus a Pinot Noir Rosé). That’s out of 19 Pinot Noirs – a bit of a surprise considering the high quality of California Pinot Noir coming out of the Russian River and Anderson valleys in particular.

The first book authored by Bonné, The New California Wine, appeared in bookstores a month ago.

San Francisco Chronicle’s top Northwest wines

Jon Bonne is the wine editor at the San Francisco Chronicle.

Jon Bonné is the wine editor at the San Francisco Chronicle. (Photo via Flickr/click for credit)

Here are the wines from Oregon and Washington that were spotlighted this weekend in the San Francisco Chronicle:

About Andy Perdue

Andy Perdue is founding partner of Great Northwest Wine LLC and a longtime wine columnist. He is a third-generation journalist who has worked at newspapers since the mid-1980s and has been writing about wine since 1998. He co-founded Wine Press Northwest magazine with Eric Degerman and served as its editor-in-chief for 15 years. He is the author of "The Northwest Wine Guide: A Buyer's Handbook" (Sasquatch, 2003) and has contributed to four other books.


  1. Scarborough says:

    Scarborough “The Royale” Columbia Valley $35

    also made the list, but I’m not sure why this site decided to leave it out.

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