The Little Black Book

Have you ever read The Little Black Book of Wine? I have perused many of its pages, but today was the first time that I specifically searched through the “Types of Grapes” section to see where Washington state varietals were listed.

According to the book, Washington wine country is known for these whites: Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and Gewurztraminer. Washington state, according to the book, is not known for Pinot Blanc or Pinot Gris, although our neighbors to the north, British Columbia, and our neighbors to the south, Oregon, are both listed as regions for those to dry whites. And although California and Oregon are both listed for Viognier, Washington state is not.

According to the book, Washington wine country is known for these reds: Merlot, Syrah and Cab Franc. What, only three reds in Washington state? Please! How can we not be listed for Cabernet Sauvignon? Or Sangiovese? Or Barbera? I have had excellent wines from all three varietals at numerous Washington state wineries.

Do these omissions surprise you? I look forward to your comments!


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About Margot

Margot started writing about wine decades ago as a national journalist in Canada and the U.S. She and Dave created this website in 2007. Originally, the website introduced people to wines in Washington state, the second-largest wine region in the U.S. But over the years, the site expanded to feature other wine regions in the U.S., Canada, and in the world. If you like to read about standout wine and winery stories, then Write for Wine is for you.