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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 2008 Front Label
    Quilceda Creek Galitzine Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    Quilceda Creek Palengat Proprietary Red Blend 2008
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  • Quilceda Creek Columbia Valley Red 2008  Front Label
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  • Cayuse Armada Syrah 2008  Front Label
    Cayuse Armada Syrah 2008
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  • Cayuse Cailloux Syrah 2008 Front Label
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  • Leonetti Reserve 2008 Front Label
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Corliss Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
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  • Cayuse Camaspelo 2008 Front Label
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  • Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Widowmaker Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse Bionic Frog Syrah 2008
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  • Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Cayuse En Chamberlin Syrah 2008
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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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  • Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2008 Front Label
    Goose Ridge Chardonnay 2008
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  • Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2008 Front Label
    Charles Smith Wines Royal City Syrah 2008
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  • Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008
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  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 Front Label
    Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon 2008
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    • Col Solare  2008 Front Label
      Col Solare 2008
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    • DeLille Chaleur Estate Red 2008 Front Bottle Shot
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    • Leonetti Merlot 2008 Front Label
      Leonetti Merlot 2008
      Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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