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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 Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Flying Pig 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Flying Pig 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse En Cerise Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah (slightly torn label) 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Januik Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Januik Winery Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2006 Front Label
    Leonetti Reserve 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Januik Winery Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Januik Winery Champoux Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2006 Front Label
    Cadence Cara Maria Vineyard Bel Canto 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Spring Valley Uriah 2006 Front Label
    Spring Valley Uriah 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2006 Front Label
    Cote Bonneville Dubrul Vineyard Red Blend 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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  • Leonetti Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Leonetti Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Force Majeure Collaboration Series I Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red 2006 Front Label
    Force Majeure Collaboration Series I Ciel du Cheval Vineyard Red 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Novelty Hill Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Crest Reserve Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Columbia Crest Reserve Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Northstar Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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