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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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  • Hogue Merlot 1997
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 1997 Front Label
      DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 1997
      Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Columbia Crest Merlot 1997 Front Label
      Columbia Crest Merlot 1997
      Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 1997 Front Label
      Elk Cove Willamette Valley Pinot Noir 1997
      Pinot Noir from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Steele Shooting Star Blue Franc 1997
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      • Hogue Barrel Select Merlot 1997 Front Label
        Hogue Barrel Select Merlot 1997
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        • Kiona Cabernet-Merlot 1997
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          • Hogue Cabernet-Merlot 1997 Front Label
            Hogue Cabernet-Merlot 1997
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          • Columbia Crest Merlot 1997
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
              Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Latah Creek Merlot 1997 Front Label
                Latah Creek Merlot 1997
                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Hogue Genesis Syrah 1997 Front Label
                  Hogue Genesis Syrah 1997
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                  • Columbia Winery Merlot 1997 Front Label
                    Columbia Winery Merlot 1997
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                    • Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
                      Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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                      • Arbor Crest Merlot 1997
                        Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Cascade Ridge Merlot 1997
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                          • Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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                            • Badger Mountain Merlot 1997 Front Label
                              Badger Mountain Merlot 1997
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                              • Columbia Crest Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
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                              • Preston Wine Cellars Merlot 1997
                                Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                              • Hogue Syrah Barrel Select 1997
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                              • Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 1997 Front Label
                                Gordon Brothers Tradition Red 1997
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                                • Columbia Crest Merlot Cabernet 1997 Front Label
                                  Columbia Crest Merlot Cabernet 1997
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                                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997 Front Label
                                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1997
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                                    • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 1997
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