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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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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
    Boomtown by Dusted Valley Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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    • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006 Front Label
      Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2006
      Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006  Front Label
      Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006
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    • Gramercy Cellars Lagniappe Syrah 2006 Front Label
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      • Force Majeure Grand Reve Reserve Syrah 2006  Front Label
        Force Majeure Grand Reve Reserve Syrah 2006
        Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006 Front Label
          Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006
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        • Corliss Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006  Front Label
          Corliss Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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        • K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2006 Front Label
          K Vintners Royal City Syrah 2006
          Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Grand Reve Collaboration Series Reserve Syrah 2006 Front Label
          Grand Reve Collaboration Series Reserve Syrah 2006
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          • K Vintners Wells Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006 Front Label
            K Vintners Wells Syrah (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2006
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