While many regions of the wine world are defined by a single grape variety or style of wine, Washington is not and may well never be. It lacks a 'signature grape' - one variety that defines the state the way, say, Pinot Noir defines Oregon to the south. It creates some interesting challenges in establishing the state’s identity as a wine region around the country and world, but let’s not forget that these are still early days here.
So what is or will be the grape that comes to define Washington in the years to come? Here’s your chance to weigh in. Vote in the poll on the right and/or leave a comment below about what you think Washington’s signature grape is and why – or why not. Is it important for the state to be identified by a single variety or is Washington’s diversity a strength? You tell me.
In the poll, I’ve included four of the ‘Big Five’ grapes – Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Syrah, and Riesling, omitting Chardonnay because, well, it’s not going to happen. I’ve also thrown in some grapes that more (Tempranillo) or less (Malbec) recently have generated buzz as well as some other grapes and categories bandied about. Did I miss your favorite grape variety? Leave a comment below.
Graphic above courtesy of Wine Folly. See the original post here.