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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 Cattle King Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima 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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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2016 Front Label
    Cayuse Camaspelo 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2017  Front Label
    Cayuse Camaspelo 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2016 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2016
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, 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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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2015 Front Label
    Leonetti Sangiovese 2015
    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, 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
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  • Cayuse Walla Walla Special #10 (1.5 Liter  Magnum - OWC) 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse Walla Walla Special #10 (1.5 Liter Magnum - OWC) 2016
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2018
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2014 Front Label
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  • Horsepower Vineyards The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards The Tribe Vineyard Syrah 2016
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  • Cayuse Walla Walla Special #5 (1.5 Liter  Magnum) 2013 Front Label
    Cayuse Walla Walla Special #5 (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2013
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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