Category Archives: White Wines

Stunning Oregon Chardonnay Well Worth the Price

Knudsen Vineyards 2015 Chardonnay (about $45) – Who says the best Oregon white wine is a Willamette Valley Pinot Gris? One taste of this beautiful Chardonnay from the Dundee Hills area may make you think otherwise. The wine opens with lovely aromas of toasted oak and tropical fruits, followed by generous flavors of baked apple […]

Barnard Griffin: Consistently Good Washington Wines

In 15 years of writing about wines I don’t believe I’ve dedicated an entire column to Barnard Griffin Winery, one of Washington State’s oldest wineries. I not quite sure what I’ve been thinking, because it’s fair to say that if there was such a thing as royalty among Washington winemakers, Rob Griffin would be on […]

Chenin Blanc Shows Signs of a Comeback in Washington

Chenin blanc is one of those white wines I can’t get enough of – especially during the summertime. This food-friendly, easy-to-drink wine was extremely popular in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s and was a mainstay among Washington’s inaugural wineries such as Quarry Lake, Preston Premium Wines and Tucker Cellars. But its popularity waned shortly […]

S. Central Washington Region Provides Wine Grapes for a Number of Wineries

Washington’s Horse Heaven Hills Appellation is one of those wine regions you may not have visited or know little about, but you’ve almost certainly tasted the wines made from the grapes that are grown there. Located in south central Washington, the appellation is tucked between the Yakima Valley to the north and the Columbia River […]

Local Wineries Offer White (and Mostly White) Wine Choices for Summer

It happens every year. We get a stretch of nice weather in early spring and Northwesterners become giddy with excitement that summer is nearly here. Then we have to deal with June. But July 5 is just around the corner and the promise of warmer, sun-drenched days are an affirmation of why we live here. […]