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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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Mimi Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015  Front Label
    Sixto Roza Hills Chardonnay 2015
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Mark Ryan Board Track Racer The Vincent Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
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    • Sixto Uncovered Chardonnay 2016  Front Label
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    • L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2018 Front Label
      L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2018
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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