Pacific Northwest’s Chardonnay renaissance

By on April 26, 2015
Chardonnay grapes in Kestrel Vineyard.

Beautiful Chardonnay grapes are close to optimal ripeness in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

It has been a half-century since Chardonnay was planted in Washington and Oregon.

Today, Chardonnay thrives throughout the Pacific Northwest. In Washington, it is the No. 2 grape after Cabernet Sauvignon, and it is the No. 2 white grape in Oregon after Pinot Gris.

Northwest winemakers have moved beyond the California-style oak bombs and are exploring many different examples of Chardonnays, creating a renaissance for the noble white grape of Burgundy.

Here are a dozen Northwest Chardonnays we’ve tasted in recent weeks.

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Articles credited to Great Northwest Wine are authored by Eric Degerman and other contributors. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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