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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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  • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Borne of Fire Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Intrinsic Red Blend 2017 Front Label
    Intrinsic Red Blend 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2017
    Riesling from 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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  • 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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    • RP92
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  • Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2017  Front Label
    Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2017
    Barbera from Washington
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    • JS92
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  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS93
    • W&S90
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  • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS93
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  • Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Intrinsic Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS92
    • RP89
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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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    • JS95
    • RP94
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  • B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015 Front Label
    B. Leighton Petit Verdot 2015
    Petit Verdot from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • RP93
    • JS93
    • WS92
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  • L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • W&S94
    • WE91
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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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    • JS98
    • RP95
    • WE93
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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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  • Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 Front Label
    Nine Hats Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners King Coal 2016 Front Label
    K Vintners King Coal 2016
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS92
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  • Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Col Solare Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JD98
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  • Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016  Front Label
    K Vintners The Boy Grenache 2016
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WS93
    • JS93
    • RP93
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2015  Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2015
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • B. Leighton Gratitude 2016  Front Label
    B. Leighton Gratitude 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • JS96
    • WE92
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