Monday, January 29, 2007

Are You A Closet Chardonnay and Merlot Drinker?

According to the US Dept of Agriculture and the Washington Wine Commission somebody is drinking a lot of Washington State Chardonnay and Merlot. Whoever you are, it is time to come out of the closet. We know you're in there.

If you work in a tasting room or even visit a tasting room, eventually you will hear a haughtily claim of, "I don't drink white wines" or "Anything red, but Merlot."

Here are the facts:

National rank:
Washington State - 2nd largest premium wine producer in the United States (18.0 million gallons of wine production and 30,000+ acres of wine grape acreage):

Leading red varietals (in order):
Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Cabernet Franc, Sangiovese

Leading white varietals (in order):
Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Viognier

And the most interesting fact --
Ratio of red to white:
47% red / 53% white

So -- who is drinking these wines that people turn their nose up at? Somebody is drinking Chardonnay and Merlot. Come out - come out - where ever you are! Show us your Merlot stained teeth and your beer can disguised to hold your Chardonnay.


Anonymous said...

Having just been to Walla2 and tasted through a bunch of wine, I was extremely impressed by the quality of the Chardonnay and Merlot in the region. The baseline quality is extremely impressive.

If I'm drinking one of those two varietals, it's quite likely to be from Walla2.

wild walla walla wine woman said...

Great! I am pleased to hear of your visit. I am a tad bit biased (ahem), but you are right. Wine drinking friends from California tell me the same - they are impressed with the quality of Chardonnay and especially the Merlot. Cheers!

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