Northwest Wine: Many regional reasons to say ‘Yay!’ to Chardonnay

Northwest Wine: Many regional reasons to say ‘Yay!’ to Chardonnay

Tri-City Herald – By Eric Degerman at Great Northwest Wine
January 28, 2020

Merely by typing the word Chardonnay too many wine consumers will turn the page or close the window, but Chardonnay remains America’s most purchased bottle of wine.

And as recently as a year ago, research supported the optimism that interest in the noble white grape of Burgundy is substantial. Silicon Valley Bank in the Bay Area accurately predicted Chardonnay would be in “particularly strong demand” for 2018.

In Washington state, Chardonnay trailed only Cabernet Sauvignon in terms of grapes crushed in 2018. There were 7,403 acres of Chardonnay planted in the Evergreen State, which is 13 percent of the state’s 58,000 acres of vines in the ground.

Read the entire article and list of Chardonnay’s that includes Woodinville’s own Maryhill Winery Tasting Room & Bistro 2017 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, $17: Out of all the years and Platinums awards, this signals the first time that Richard Batchelor has earned one for America’s favorite wine — Chardonnay. The influence of French oak makes this come across as a reserve style at a nice price. Its theme of Granny Smith apple and pear makes room for some butterscotch and toast, capped by a long lemon/lime finish… on Tri-City Herald

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