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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 Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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      • Elk Cove Willamette Valley Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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        • Columbia Winery Wyckoff Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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          • Covey Run Celilo Chardonnay 1997
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            • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                  • Hogue Genesis Sunshine Vineyard Chardonnay 1997
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                    • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay Reserve 1997 Front Label
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                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
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                      • Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay 1997 Front Label
                        Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay 1997
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