Pacific Northwest’s Chardonnay renaissance

By on April 26, 2015
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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.

About Great Northwest Wine

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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