Washington state is best-known for its reds, but a recent trip has me convinced that some of its best bottlings are white. These wines are perfect for anyone who doesn’t want to give up chilled whites as summer turns to fall; they’ll hold up well during the last few weekends of grilled salmon on the deck. Here, seven Washington state whites to try now.
2013 Avennia Oliane Sauvignon Blanc ($25)
Chris Peterson spent years making wine at DeLille Cellars, but now he’s making wines for himself. The Oliane sees a touch of new French oak that adds a bit of roundness to the zingy lemon and citrus flavors.
2013 Savage Grace Red Willow Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc ($16)
Michael Savage’s Sauvignon Blanc is a lot like a good Sancerre. Though this wine is made in small quantities, it’s one to seek out for its tangy minerality and refreshingly modest alcohol.