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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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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Northridge Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016  Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2018  Front Label
      Charles Smith Wines Velvet Devil Merlot 2018
      Merlot from Washington
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      • Pedestal Merlot 2016  Front Label
        Pedestal Merlot 2016
        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Skyfall Merlot 2017  Front Label
        Skyfall Merlot 2017
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        • Hogue Merlot 2017  Front Label
          Hogue Merlot 2017
          Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2014 Front Label
            Pepper Bridge Winery Merlot 2014
            Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, 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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          • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2016 Front Label
            Hogue Genesis Merlot 2016
            Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017  Front Label
              Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017
              Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015  Front Label
              Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2015
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2016  Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • 14 Hands Merlot 2016 Front Label
              14 Hands Merlot 2016
              Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Andrew Will Winery Merlot 2017  Front Label
                Andrew Will Winery Merlot 2017
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2016 Front Label
                  Columbia Crest H3 Merlot 2016
                  Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2017  Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Merlot 2017
                    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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