October 22. 2019
While some wine consumers will ask for “anything but Chardonnay,” recent marketing data from The Nielsen Co., proves that Chardonnay remains America’s favorite wine.
In California alone, more than 93,000 acres of vineyards are devoted to that white grape. Washington state’s entire wine industry — red and white varieties combined — stands at about 59,000 acres.
Much of that “ABC” movement stems from pushback against the oaky and buttery styles California utilized to make Chardonnay famous in the U.S. as a cocktail wine. Such examples are not as abundant today because Americans are seeking more food-friendly wines for their dining tables. That may help explain why Chardonnay recently overtook Riesling as the No. 1 white wine produced in Washington state. Read the entire article featuring Woodinville Wine Country’s Januik Winery, J Bookwalter Winery and more on the Tri-City Herald
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