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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