After I dove into rosé wine for spring last month, it only makes sense for Seattle Refined to go deep with the other wine fit for spring; white wines.
Washington's vineyards have proven adept at growing a wide swath of award-winning wines. And it's not just the red wines. White wines are one of the state's calling cards. You can find Chardonnay of varying styles, Riesling with their zingy acidity, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Albarino, Semillon, and more grow well in Washington vineyards. All this was prevalent at the grand event of Washington wine, Taste Washington, earlier this month. My game plan was to only drink white wine from the spring releases of the attending wineries; tasting through numerous wines at the event has me excited for the current state of white wines in Washington.
White wines are welcomed at any dinner table. As the styles between different varietals run the gamut from light and fresh to luscious and full, white wines can pair with a green salad (Gruner Veltliner), roast chicken (Chardonnay), and most any and everything. Picking up takeout from your local Thai restaurant? Riesling would pair perfectly with that dinner. Pizza? Depends on the toppings, but Sauvignon Blanc would be good to cut the richness of pizza. What's great about Washington is that all of these varietals are grown locally.
In alphabetical order, here are some white wines to check out this spring:
- àMaurice 2015 Columbia Valley Viognier - Bright with flavors of lemon zest and white peach with a nose dotted with elderflower, rounded out by a few months of barrel aging
- Anelare 2014 Cuvee White Rhone Blend - Very fresh, yet rich with the body imparted by the blend of Roussane and Viognier grapes
- Avennia 2014 Oliane Sauvignon Blanc - Ripe and full with tropical flavors in a very balanced style with grapes from Yakima Valley
- Browne Family Vineyards 2015 Sauvignon Blanc - Clean and acidic, a nice example of Sauvignon Blanc from Washington
- Bunnell Family Cellars 2013 Helene White Rhone Blend - A 60/40 ratio of Viognier to Roussane, the wine finishes rich with a touch of ripe fruit
- Dunham Cellars 2014 Shirley Mays Chardonnay - Complex with a depth of flavor, a single vineyard designate wine from Lewis Vineyard in the Columbia Valley
- FIGGINS 2015 Estate Riesling - A shining example of Riesling, this wine shows a balance of acid and residual sugar
- Gilbert Cellars 2015 Unoaked Chardonnay - Probably my favorite white wine that I drank at Taste Washington, this pale Chardonnay was clean in flavor and ready to be had chilled with freshly shucked oysters
- K Vintners Sixto 2013 Frenchman Hills Chardonnay - A well balanced Chardonnay that ticked all the boxes of balance, acid, and body
- Lauren Ashton 2013 Cuvee Meline White Bordeaux Blend - A 50/50 blend of Sauvignon Blanc and Semillon, this wine harkens to the Entre-Deux-Mers wines of Bordeaux; clean with a round finish
- Savage Grace - A highlight for me from last year's Taste Washington, the white wine suite from Savage Grace were all drinking really well. The Sauvignon Blanc was flinty and lean; the Riesling was loaded with citrus, and the Chardonnay was elegant and smooth.
- Sonoris Wines 2012 Pure Grace Sauvignon Blanc - Aged in stainless steel, winemaker Hillary Sjolund made this delight of an easy drinking Sauvignon Blanc with grapes from Gamache Vineyard
- W.T. Vintners 2015 Underwood Mountain Vineyard Gruner Veltiner - This Gruner is what you want out of the wine typically found in Austria; bright and zingy with acid, with a fresh and clean mid-palate and finish
- The Walls 2014 Les Jeunes Vignes Chardonnay - This new winery from Walla Walla has been very buzzy through word of mouth regarding to their inaugural tastings. They were pouring a few Chardonnays at Taste Washington and all were fun and exciting with the 2014 Les Jeunes Vignes being my standout with its nuanced flavor profile. Look forward to seeing what else this winery has up their sleeve.