For years, the fashionable rule of thumb denouncing the wearing and sipping of white after Labor Day has unnecessarily limited our choices. Reclaim your rights with these three wines grown in Washington’s Ancient Lakes region. And now that you’re drinking white wine, go ahead and give those white pants a second look (disclaimer: I am not a fashion expert, so wear at your own risk).
(Ancient Lakes; $20)
Because of the chalky caliche in the soil, white wines from this Ancient Lakes vineyard possess complex minerality and cooler temperatures help promote Riesling’s hallmark acidity. Classically aromatic, this wine exudes apricot and honey with some citrus and wet stone. Though dry on the palate, it will have you salivating. Riesling is considered one of the best food-pairing wines – try it with hearty German sausages or with a cheese board.
(Ancient Lakes; $35)
Of all the white wine grapes, Chardonnay can be one of the most complex. Grown in a cooler climate with those chalky soils, this wine expresses stone fruit, green apple, and creamy lushness on the palate. Pair this full-bodied white wine with creamy shellfish pasta or a hearty bouillabaisse.
(Columbia Valley; $24)
One of the state’s few 100% estate wineries, Gård’s grapes are grown in Lawrence Vineyards on the Royal Slope that shares a boundary with the Ancient Lakes AVA. Winemaker Aryn Morell sources Pinot Gris from a range of elevations within the vineyard that adds complexity to this wine. Aromas of pear, honey, and orange-sicle with some pleasant baking spice notes from the large-format oak barrel follow onto the palate with a polished round mouthfeel and a tiny hint of creamy sweetness. Pair it with an unctuous plate of nigiri.