Fresh white wines for summer fun

By on June 29, 2014
Chardonnay grapes ripen in the Columbia Valley of Washington state.

Chardonnay grapes ripen in the Columbia Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Nobody in the Northwest wine industry will ever call the 2013 vintage boring.

Unlike 2010 and 2011, the 2013 vintage started warm and stayed warm – until some weird weather showed up in September. The tail end of Typhoon Pabuk whipped across Oregon and straight into Washington’s Columbia Valley, mostly halting what had been an early harvest.

Then a glorious October settled across the Pacific Northwest, providing long, sunny days that were perfect for ripening wine grapes.

The result so far has been several spectacular wines that are now in the market in full force.

Here are 10 white wines from 2013 we’ve tasted in recent weeks. Ask for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

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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.

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