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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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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2002  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Covey Run Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
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  • Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
    Two Vines Columbia Valley Merlot 2002
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2002
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2002 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2002 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2002 Front Label
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  • Snoqualmie Reserve Syrah 2002 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Reserve Syrah 2002
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Shiraz 2002 Front Label
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2002 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2002
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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