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Fall white wines that defy fashion faux pas

By Gabrielle Nomura on October 3, 2013 – No Comment

It might not be fashionable to wear white after Labor Day, but it is perfectly acceptable to drink white wine straight into autumn.

Here are several white wines we’ve tasted that are priced at $15. Look for them at your favorite wine merchant or contact the wineries directly.

L’Ecole No. 41 2012 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15:

Refreshing flavors of white peach, Asian pear and Waldorf salad. Clean, bright acidity lifts the fruit in this deliciously dry white wine.

Ryan Patrick Vineyards 2011 Ryan’s Riesling, Columbia Valley, $10:

This off-dry Riesling has a thin trail of pie cherry juice and orange acidity to balance the residual sugar of 2.4 percent.

College Cellars 2012 Clarke Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, Walla Walla Valley, $12:

Produced by the instructors and students at Walla Walla Com-munity College, this Sauvignon Blanc reveals crisp flavors of minerality, lime, Granny Smith apple and cotton candy. This is a perfect wine to enjoy with pan-seared scallops tossed with linguine and a light butter sauce.

Airfield Estates 2012 Flygirl White, Yakima Valley, $15:

Serve this delicious and refreshing blend of Pinot Gris, Viognier, Semillon and Marsanne with light curry dishes, halibut topped with mango salsa or burritos.

Anew 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11:

Ste. Michelle Wine Estates’ newest label has flavors loaded with jasmine, pineapple, pear and apple. It is perfectly balanced with bright acidity that provides a lengthy and memorable finish.

Kiona Vineyards and Winery 2012 Chenin Blanc, Columbia Valley, $15:

Flavors of pineapple, papaya and jasmine are met by lingering acidity to balance the residual sugar of 1.4 percent

Waterbrook Winery 2012 Riesling, Columbia Valley, $11:

This Riesling has flavors of green apple, Asian pear and a hint of honey. This is a perfect wine with Thai, Vietnamese, Indian or Tex-Mex dishes.

Saviah Cellars 2012 The Jack Riesling, Columbia Valley, $15:

A delicious wine with apple and peach flavors that dominate the palate, which is off-dry at 1.8% residual sugar, but juicy acidity and notes of slate keep it refreshing.

Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue run Great Northwest Wine. Learn more about wine at greatnorthwestwine.com.