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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 Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2012
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012 Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2012 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2012
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2012 Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Protagonist 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2012
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2012 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2012 Front Label
    Cadence Ciel du Cheval 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Latta Malbec Northridge Vineyard 2012 Front Label
    Latta Malbec Northridge Vineyard 2012
    Malbec from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2012 Front Label
    Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Sangiovese 2012 Front Label
    Leonetti Sangiovese 2012
    Sangiovese from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Cara Mia Vineyard Camerata 2012 Front Label
    Cadence Cara Mia Vineyard Camerata 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls Tempranillo 2012  Front Label
    No Girls Tempranillo 2012
    Tempranillo from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Syrah 2012
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tamarack Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Reserve 2012 Front Label
    Tamarack Cellars Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Reserve 2012
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2012
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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