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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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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2008  Front Label
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2008 Front Label
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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  • Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2008 Front Label
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    Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2008 Front Label
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  • Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Owen Roe Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block 2008 Front Label
    Owen Roe Red Willow Vineyard Chapel Block 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2008 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2008
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  • Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2008
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  • Gramercy Cellars John Lewis Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2008 Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Januik Winery Lewis Vineyard Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2008 Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Ciel du Cheval Vintage Red 2008
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  • Gorman The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Gorman The Bully Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    Gramercy Cellars Walla Walla Syrah 2008
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    • 21 Grams  2008  Front Label
      21 Grams 2008
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      • Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2008 Front Label
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