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5 Popular Northwest White Wines

Similar to my post on 5 popular red wines from the Pacific Northwest, I’ll list the 5 most popular white wines from Washington and Oregon based on sales (in number of bottles sold) over the past 6 months at my store, Taste of Wine.

Once again, we’ll start with the 5th most popular and include the same wine description we provide our customers.

#5. Milbrandt Vineyards 2006 Riesling, Wahluke Slope, Washington, $15

The textbook floral aromas of orange blossom, apricot, and white peaches are well supported by the firm acids and hallmark “evergreen minerality.” The palate is lush, but lively; the finish is long and silky. (90 points, Wine Spectator)

#4. J. Scott Cellars 2007 Pinot Blanc, Willamette Valley, Oregon, $17

The wine displays beautiful pineapple and mineral aromas that persist through the long, full finish. This wine is a perfect accompaniment to seafood, domestic fowl, or light pasta dishes.

#3. Cloudline 2007 Pinot Gris, Dundee Hills, Oregon, $18

Peach, melon and citrus aromas lead to crisp flavors of lemon and green apples. Lean and slightly grassy with excellent acidity. The epitome of Oregon Pinot Gris!

#2. Pine & Post 2006 Chardonnay, Washington, $8

Inviting pineapple and honeysuckle aromas draw you in. Peach blossoms, apricots and light citrus fill your mouth with a hint of caramel on the finish. Lingering peach and integrated oak flavors leave you wanting another glass.

And #1. Zerba 2007 Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, Oregon, $19

A light-bodied wine with pleasing aromas of apple, honey, and citrus along with subtle hints of oak and vanilla. It has refreshing flavors of pear, lemon, and apricot that meld beautifully and then stretch into a lingering coating finish. (Special note: this wine will soon be very hard to find. The winery is out of stock and they aren’t growing Chardonnay anymore. Get it while you can!)

Let me know how you like them!

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5 Popular Northwest Red Wines

You’ll find lots of blogs, articles, newsletters and other media that will tell you the author’s favorite wines. This post will bring you something a bit different. I’ve looked at the sales (in number of bottles sold) of Pacific Northwest wines over the past 6 months at my store, Taste of Wine. Sure, there a a lot of wines from the Pacific Northwest and we don’t carry them all. But at least you know these wines were enjoyed by quite a few people.

Here is a list of the five most popular red wines from Washington and Oregon wineries starting with the 5th most popular. I’ve included the same description we give our customers. Find some of these wines and check them out for yourself!

#5. Abacela 2006 Tempranillo Estate, Roseburg, Oregon, $37

Drink with a fork! Black fruit, plum, earth, and oak leap from the glass. Complex spices, flint, and pepper coat the tongue to deliver chewy tannin, leather, and tobacco. Lingering finish.  Red meats and strong cheeses will beg for more.

#4. Elk Cove 2007 Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, Oregon, $29

This opens up with a lovely, expressive nose laden with cherry blossom, plum, vanilla, and butterscotch.  The core of sweet raspberry and cherry holds steady into a moderately tannic finish.  A rich, silky Pinot that’s easy on the wallet too! (90 points, Wine Enthusiast)

#3. Anam Cara 2006 Nicholas Estate Pinot Noir, Chehalem, Oregon, $34

Elegant and full bodied with soft tannins. On the nose are hazelnuts, milk chocolate and warm black fruits. Ripe plum and black raspberries emerge on the palate. Sounds like the produce of Oregon, doesn’t it?

#2. Velocity Cellars 2006 Velo, Rogue Valley, Oregon, $18

Bright, sophisticated aromas of plum and black cherry play off fresh raspberries with notes of cocoa, vanilla, and baking spices. Generous palate: dark, rich, and smooth. Finishes with lively fruit and a food-friendly structure that invites another sip.

And #1. Waters 2007 Interlude, Walla Walla, Washington, $28

With aromas of herbs, cedar, and bittersweet chocolate, what’s not to like? Medium-bodied palate of cherries and currants gives way to a generous finish with a hint of smoke and minerals. Find a complex dish to serve with this complex wine.

Stay tuned for the 5 most popular white wines from the Pacific Northwest in a future post.


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