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OREGON CHARDONNAY: FRONTIER FLAVOURS

Charles Curtis MW highlights his pick of the producers, along with 12 great wines to try

Once reviled, Chardonnay is today the secret weapon in Oregon’s winemaking arsenal. Wine lovers searching for a crisp, fresh white that can age have traditionally turned to Burgundy. But with the popularity of white Burgundy exploding and prices soaring (especially with the effect of tariffs in the US), many are looking at alternatives. And Oregon might just fit the bill. Although the Willamette Valley is nearly halfway around the world from Burgundy, there are striking similarities. One in particular: wines made from Chardonnay in both places can be shockingly good.

Similar but different

The fundamental reasons for the association owe more to chance than to geology. Robert Drouhin

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