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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 Sorella 2014 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2014
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
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    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2016
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2016 Front Label
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    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2016 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2016
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