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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 Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from 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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      • Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
        Northstar Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        3.9 115 Ratings
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      • Saggi  2015 Front Label
        Saggi 2015
        Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
        Gramercy Cellars Lower East Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
        Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
          Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015  Front Label
          Seven Hills Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          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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        • Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
          Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • WE91
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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 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2015  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2015
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS91
          3.5 6 Ratings
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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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          • WE90
          4.5 10 Ratings
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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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        • 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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          4.3 42 Ratings
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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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        • 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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        • Merf Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
          Merf Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
          Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • WE90
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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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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2016
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
          • JS93
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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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          4.8 101 Ratings
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        • Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016  Front Label
          Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016
          Barbera from Washington
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          3.7 16 Ratings
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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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          3.9 13 Ratings
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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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        • K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016  Front Label
          K Vintners Broncho Malbec 2016
          Malbec from Washington
          • JD95
          • JS92
          4.6 14 Ratings
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