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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 2005 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2005 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2005 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2005 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Champoux Vineyard Horse Heaven Hills 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2005  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2005
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chester-Kidder  2005 Front Label
    Chester-Kidder 2005
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Artist Series Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • 21 Grams  2005  Front Label
    21 Grams 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Col Solare  2005 Front Label
    Col Solare 2005
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Pedestal Merlot 2005 Front Label
    Pedestal Merlot 2005
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2005
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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