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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 Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2008 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2008  Front Label
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2008 Front Label
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  • Leonetti Reserve (torn label) 2008 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve (torn label) 2008
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008
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  • Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Impulsivo Tempranillo 2008
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2008
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  • Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse God Only Knows Grenache 2008
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 2008 Front Bottle Shot
    DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2008
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  • Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2008
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2008
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gorman Zachary's Ladder 2008 Front Label
    Gorman Zachary's Ladder 2008
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  • Leonetti Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Hogue Genesis Merlot 2008 Front Label
    Hogue Genesis Merlot 2008
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2008
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  • Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Serenne Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Grand Estates Syrah 2008
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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