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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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  • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2014
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Estate Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve 2014
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • POPUP Sparkling Wine 2018  Front Label
    POPUP Sparkling Wine 2018
    Vintage Sparkling Wine from Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS92
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners El Jefe 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners El Jefe 2016
    Tempranillo from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Viognier 2011 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Vineyard Viognier 2011
    Viognier from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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