Washington Chardonnay gains popularity

By on April 2, 2017
Chardonnay harvest French Creek Vineyard

Chardonnay grapes are loaded into a bin during harvest last August at French Creek Vineyard in the Yakima Valley. (Photo by Niranjana Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

More than any white in Washington, Chardonnay is on the rise.

During last fall’s harvest, winemakers brought in 45,000 tons, second only to Cabernet Sauvignon. In California, Chardonnay remains the Golden State’s No. 1 wine, so consumers have a thirst for the wine traditionally associated with the French region of Burgundy and Chablis (also in Burgundy).

Chateau Ste. Michelle, Washington’s oldest and largest winery, is famous for Riesling, making more of that wine than any other winery in the world. This year, the Woodinville winery will make nearly as much Chardonnay.

Here are a dozen delicious examples of Washington Chardonnay. Ask 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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