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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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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2017  Front Label
    K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2017  Front Label
    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    K Vintners The Beautiful Syrah 2018
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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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  • K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners The Deal Sundance Vineyard Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2017  Front Label
    K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2018  Front Label
    K Vintners The Hidden Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Wahluke Slope, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Cattle King Syrah 2018  Front Label
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    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sequel Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Sequel Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from 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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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2018  Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2018
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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