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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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  • 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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  • Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Sorella 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from 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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  • Cadence Bel Canto Cara Maria Vineyard 2006 Front Label
    Cadence Bel Canto Cara Maria Vineyard 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • McCrea Amerique Syrah 2006 Front Label
    McCrea 2007 Amerique Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • McCrea Boushey Grande Cote Vineyard Syrah 2006 Front Label
    McCrea Boushey Grande Cote Vineyard Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE94
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  • L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2006  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Seven Hills Vineyard Perigee 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2006 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2006
    Semillon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Januik Winery Elerding Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Januik Winery Elerding Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Milbrandt Traditions Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
    • WE90
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  • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2006 Front Label
    Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2006
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Milbrandt Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Milbrandt Estates Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2006
    Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2006 Front Label
    Abeja Cabernet Sauvignon 2006
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2006 Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Columbia Valley Merlot 2006
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Waterbrook Reserve Syrah 2006 Front Label
    Waterbrook Reserve Syrah 2006
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cadence Tapteil 2006 Front Label
    Cadence Tapteil 2006
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chester-Kidder  2006 Front Label
    Chester-Kidder 2006
    Other Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE92
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