This inexpensive, widely available Chardonnay does not really capture a Washington style—it's too full of buttery, banana cream flavors for that. But it's tasty and accessible, and roughly 300,000 cases are made annually. If you are looking for a wine that tastes like dessert, with apple pie, butter cookie and bananas Foster all in the mix of flavors, this is your baby.
Paul Gregutt is a Contributing Editor for Wine Enthusiast magazine, a founding member of the magazine’s Tasting Panel, and reviews the wines of Oregon and Canada. The author of the critically-acclaimed Washington Wines & Wineries—The Essential Guide, he consulted on the Pacific Northwest entries in current versions of The World Atlas of Wine and The Oxford Companion to Wine.Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.