About This Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot are Washington state’s most widely planted wine grapes.
Do you know which variety comes in at No. 3? Many think it’s Riesling because a few large wineries produce massive amounts of it. But the answer actually is Chardonnay, which thrives in several parts of Washington’s Columbia Valley. More than 40,000 tons are harvested annually.
The Columbia Valley is separated from Seattle's rainy, marine climate by the Cascade Mountains. Those mountains help limit annual rainfall to 6-8 inches, allowing vineyard managers to control vine vigor through irrigation. By limiting each vine’s output, the grapes are highly concentrated in flavor.
The style of oaky and buttery Chardonnay made fashionable by California producers rarely is embraced by Washington wineries. They prefer to let the grapes speak for themselves, and many — including Willow Springs — proudly promote their Chardonnay as “unoaked.” It’s a style that’s both refreshing on the palate and extremely food friendly.
Relatively easy to grow in a variety of locations. Consistently produces some of the world's great white wines. Complex, full, rich and fruity with soft edges and moderate acidity. Offers rich and intense fruit flavors of apple, fig, melon, pear, peach, pineapple, along with creamy yeast spice, honey, butter and hazelnut flavors.
- Grape Composition:Chardonnay
- Grape Source:Washington’s Columbia Valley Growing Region
- Aromas & Flavors:Yellow and Red Apples, Spice and Apple Pie
- When to Drink:Now Through 2020
- Food Pairing Suggestion:a roasted chicken Caesar salad.
27 recipes match for this wine.
Portuguese Style Roasted Pork Rare is the recipe that matches equally well with red wines and white wines. This is such a recipe. We came across it while doing research on the wines that will be included in an upcoming club shipment from The World of Wines -featuring the wines of Portugal. The recipe makes 6 servings. And if you'd like to learn more about The World of Wine, click on the Get The RecipeOld World Rosemary Chicken With Chardonnay This recipe comes from our friends at Belvedere Vineyards &amp; Winery in the Sonoma County town of Healdsburg. It matches wonderfully with Chardonnay, and we've enjoyed it with Chenin Blanc as well. Use it as the main entree for a special meal,any meal. Get The Recipe
Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto If you're a white wine drinker, here's another recipe that gets its flavor, in part, from garlic: Roasted Garlic Scampi With Minced Prosciutto. Begin by roasting some garlic in foil with olive oil for about an hour, and set it aside. Dice a quarter-cup of Prosciutto and saute with four tablespoons of olive oil and some minced shallots for about 15... Get The Recipe