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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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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Col Solare  1999 Front Label
    Col Solare 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Syrah 1999
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Merlot 1999 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hogue Fruit Forward Cabernet-Merlot 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
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  • Salmon Harbor Merlot 1999 Front Label
    Salmon Harbor Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hedges Family Estate Red Mountain Reserve 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 1999 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1999 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Reserve Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 1999 Front Label
    Walla Walla Vintners Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 1999
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hedges Family Estate CMS Red Blend 1999 Front Label
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    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1999 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 1999
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hedges Family Estate Three Vineyards Red 1999
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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