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An important winegrowing state increasingly recognized for its high-quality reds and whites, Washington ranks second in production in the U.S. after California. Washington wines continue to gain well-deserved popularity as they garner higher and higher praise from critics and consumers alike.

Washington winemakers draw inspiration mainly from Napa Valley, Bordeaux and the Rhône as well as increasingly from other regions like Spain and Italy. Most viticulture takes place on the eastern side of the state—an arid desert in the rain shadow of the Cascade mountains. Irrigation is made possible by the Columbia River. Temperatures are extreme, with hot and dry summers and cold winters, during which frost can be a risk.

Washington’s wine industry was initially built on Merlot, which remains an important variety to this day, despite having been overtaken in acreage planted by Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Bordeaux blends and Rhône blends are common as well as single varietal bottlings. Washington reds tend to express a real purity of concentrated fruit. The best examples have a bold richness, seamless texture, plush or powdery tannins and flavors such as licorice, herb, forest floor, espresso and dark chocolate.

In terms of white wine, Riesling is the state’s major success story, producing crisp, aromatic examples with plenty of stone fruit that range from bone dry to lusciously sweet. Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc perform nicely here as well, and Viognier is beginning to pick up steam.

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  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2018
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
      Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Force Majeure Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Force Majeure Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2017  Front Label
      Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2017  Front Label
      K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Substance Chardonnay 2019  Front Label
      Substance Chardonnay 2019
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • JS93
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    • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2017  Front Label
      K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2017
      Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • RP96
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    • Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
      Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
      Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Januik Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
      Januik Winery Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • RP90
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    • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2018  Front Label
      Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2018
      Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Oasis Riesling 2018  Front Label
      Pacific Oasis Riesling 2018
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2017  Front Label
        K Vintners Powerline Syrah 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Eroica Riesling 2019  Front Label
        Eroica Riesling 2019
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
        Leonetti Merlot 2018
        Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Betz Family Winery Domaine de Pierres Syrah 2018  Front Label
        Betz Family Winery Domaine de Pierres Syrah 2018
        Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Substance Vineyard Collection Klein Bx Blend 2017  Front Label
        Substance Vineyard Collection Klein Bx Blend 2017
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Merf Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
        Merf Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WE90
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