10 Chardonnays to start 2014

By on January 5, 2014
Chardonnay is an important wine grape variety in Washington state.

Chardonnay is an important wine grape variety in the Pacific Northwest. This sign is in Cold Creek Vineyard in Washington’s Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Chardonnay is America’s favorite wine. In Washington, it’s the No. 1 wine grape variety. It’s the No. 2 white grape in Oregon.

Famed in Burgundy and Chablis, Chardonnay is a chameleon of a wine grape, producing both a crisp wine with beautiful tropical fruit flavors as well as big, buttery versions when aged in oak.

Here are 10 examples of Pacific Northwest Chardonnay we’ve tasted in the past two months.

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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.

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