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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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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2006 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2006
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2006 Front Label
    Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pirouette  2006 Front Label
    Pirouette 2006
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2006  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Buty Columbia Rediviva Red 2006 Front Label
    Buty Columbia Rediviva Red 2006
    Other Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sequel Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Sequel Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2006 Front Label
    Leonetti Sangiovese 2006
    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Estate Red 2006 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Estate Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2006 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2006 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Pepper Bridge Vineyard Apogee 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Col Solare  2006  Front Label
    Col Solare 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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