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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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  • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from 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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine Front Label
    Chocolate Shop Chocolate Red Wine
    Other Dessert from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2017  Front Label
        Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2017
        Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2017  Front Label
          Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2017
          Barbera from Washington
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        • Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
          Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013 Front Label
          Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2013
          Bordeaux Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 Front Label
          Waterbrook Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2014
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
            Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
            J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Horsepower Vineyards High Contrast Syrah 2016  Front Label
            Horsepower Vineyards High Contrast Syrah 2016
            Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Pinot Gris 2017 Front Label
            Boomtown by Dusted Valley Pinot Gris 2017
            Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2007  Front Label
            Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2007
            Riesling from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2016 Front Label
            Hogue Genesis Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2014 Front Label
              Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2014
              Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
              L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
              Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
              J. Bookwalter Readers Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
              Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Gramercy Cellars Lower East Syrah 2016  Front Label
              Gramercy Cellars Lower East Syrah 2016
              Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
              Substance Vineyard Collection Powerline Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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