04 Apr Washington Chardonnay grows in popularity
Great Northwest Wine: Washington Chardonnay grows in popularity
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.