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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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  • 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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2014 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Artist Series Meritage 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Spring Valley Uriah 2015  Front Label
      Spring Valley Uriah 2015
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
      Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • North by Northwest NxNW Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
      North by Northwest NxNW Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
      Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
        Woodward Canyon Old Vines Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2016  Front Bottle Shot
        Andrew Will Winery Two Blondes Vineyard Red 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2016  Front Label
        L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend 2016  Front Label
        Mullan Road Cellars Red Blend 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2016  Front Label
        Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • JD92
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      • Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016 Front Label
        Gramercy Cellars The Third Man GSM 2016
        Rhone Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • RP91
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      • Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Waterbrook Reserve Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS91
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2016  Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JS93
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      • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2016  Front Label
        Figgins Estate Red Wine 2016
        Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • WE91
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      • K Vintners Guido Sangiovese 2016  Front Label
        K Vintners Guido Sangiovese 2016
        Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
        • JD93
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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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        • RP91
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      • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
        Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chester-Kidder  2016  Front Label
          Chester-Kidder 2016
          Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2016  Front Label
            Spring Valley Frederick Estate Red 2016
            Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016  Front Label
            Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016
            Barbera from Washington
            • JS92
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          • Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
            Chateau Ste. Michelle Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
            Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
            Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • RP94
            • WS93
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