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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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  • J. Bookwalter Suspense 2018  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Suspense 2018
    Cabernet Franc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Double Canyon Horse Heaven Hills Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot 2018  Front Label
    Substance Vineyard Collection Stoneridge Merlot 2018
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2019  Front Label
    Substance Cabernet Sauvignon 2019
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Golden West Pinot Noir 2019  Front Label
    Golden West Pinot Noir 2019
    Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2017  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Mercer Bros. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Mercer Bros. Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    4.1 35 Ratings
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  • K Vintners Motor City Kitty Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners Motor City Kitty Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2017  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
    • JS90
    3.9 73 Ratings
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  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Boomtown by Dusted Valley Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    3.3 5 Ratings
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  • Luke Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Luke Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    3.9 95 Ratings
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    4.6 10 Ratings
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  • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend 2018  Front Label
    Columbia Crest H3 Red Blend 2018
    Other Red Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    3.8 54 Ratings
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  • Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016  Front Label
    Casa Smith Cervo Barbera 2016
    Barbera from Washington
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    3.7 17 Ratings
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  • Figgins Estate Red Wine 2016  Front Label
    Figgins Estate Red Wine 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2018  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2018
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    4.9 7 Ratings
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  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018  Front Label
    Boomtown by Dusted Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2018
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Washington
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    3.7 64 Ratings
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  • K Vintners King Coal 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners King Coal 2018
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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