Sonoma Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay

Are you an “ABC” drinker?   Anything But Chardonnay?

If so, you’re not alone.

Chardonnay doesn’t have a bad rap. It has an awful rap.

Oz Clarke is a world-renowned wine critic who usually has a light and breezy spin on things.

Not when it comes to chardonnay.

He calls it “…the ruthless coloniser and destroyer of the world’s vineyards and the world’s palates.”

Guess I won’t invite Oz over for a glass of Yellow Tail.

Chardonnay might be un-loved but it is not un-drunk.

There is more chardonnay consumed in the US than any other type of wine.

Admittedly, most of what you’ll find in the $15-$25 range is disappointing and undistinguished

Not Sonoma Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay.

It’s medium-bodied with a nice blend of fruit and vanilla flavors.  The oak taste is there but it’s minimal.

In a word (or two), it is quite drinkable.

Special occasion wine? Probably not.

But in the $20+ chard competition, it’s one of the winners.

And as you’ll see in the listings below, it’s quite easy to find.

As of April 6, we saw Sonoma Cutrer Sonoma Coast Chardonnay at:



Safeway    69th & Sandy      $25.99

Safeway   SE Hawthorne       $25.99

Whole Foods 43rd & Sandy    $24.98

Trader Joe’s   Hollywood         $18.99

New Seasons   Hollywood      $26.99

QFC    Burnside & 56th          $25.99

QFC    NE 33rd                        $25.99

Fred Meyer   Hollywood         $26.49

Fred Meyer   Hawthorne        $26.49

Costco near PDX                     $19.99


Safeway    NW Lovejoy            $25.99

Safeway    Murray & Cornell    $25.99

New Seasons   NW Raleigh     $26.99

Bale’s Thriftway   Cornell         $25.99

QFC  Barnes & Miller               $25.99

Trader Joe’s   NW Irving           $18.99

Trader Joe’s Beaverton             $18.99

Fred Meyer  Beaverton            $26.49

Fred Meyer  Walker Road        $26.49

Fred Meyer  Stadium              $26.49

Fred Meyer  Raleigh Hills        $26.49

Costco  Beaverton                    $19.99

Costco   Tigard                          $19.99


Fred Meyer  Tualitin                $26.49

Fred Meyer  SW Barbur           $26.49

Trader Joe’s Lake Oswego        $18.99

Safeway  SW Barbur                 $25.99

Safeway Lake Oswego               $25.99