With spring just days away, it’s natural that our thoughts and palettes turn toward the brighter, bubblier side of life: Namely, the delicious whites and sparkling wines being created by some of our area’s finest vintners. And since the great whites of Woodinville are often overshadowed by their bold, red brethren, what better time of year to shed a little light on them?
For Chardonnay lovers, Tenor, in the Hollywood District, is a great first stop. Specializing in limited-release, 100% single varietals, Tenor is known for wines that are a little off the beaten path, and their Chardonnay blazes a deliciously different trail. Toning down the oak and upping the acidity, they’ve created a wine with a lighter feel and a fresher, more intense flavor profile. This isn’t a fat, buttery wine; this one makes your mouth water a bit with an acidity and freshness that has no trouble holding its own with food.
Now that you’ve warmed up, march your palette over to Lachini Vineyards (also in Hollywood) to see what the critics are raving about. Sure, this Oregon winery is famous for their Pinot Noirs, but three Lachini whites—the Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Estate Chardonnay—have all recently earned 90+ scores. And while you’re enjoying these acclaimed three, you might as well bask in the bubbles of their Sparkling Rosé, a full-bodied, off-dry sparkling wine brimming with fresh summer fruit and beautifully balanced acidity.
Finally, head over to the Warehouse District and the blossoming selection of whites at Ancestry Cellars. Their Réjouissant Sauvignon Blanc, Reunion Chardonnay, Le Cortège Chenin Blanc and Reminiscence Riesling comprise a lively spectrum of both bright and subtle flavors—from citrus and lemongrass to lychee and stone fruit.
As the weather starts to warm, so does our thirst for something fresh, crisp and cool. Get the sunny season off to a refreshing start by getting out of the house and into the great whites of Woodinville.