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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 Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2006
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  • Waterbrook Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Waterbrook Chardonnay 2006
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  • Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
    Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2006
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
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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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    • Three Rivers Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Three Rivers Columbia Valley Chardonnay 2006
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Ethos Chardonnay 2006
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    • Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Dunham Cellars Shirley Mays Chardonnay 2006
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    • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2006
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
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    • Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2006
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    • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
      Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2006
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      • L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
        L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2006
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      • Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
        Columbia Winery Chardonnay 2006
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        • Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
          Columbia Crest Reserve Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Ken Wright Cellars Celilo Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
          Ken Wright Cellars Celilo Chardonnay 2006
          Chardonnay from Columbia Gorge, Washington
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          • Buty Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
            Buty Conner Lee Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
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            • Coeur D'Alene Cellars Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
              Coeur D'Alene Cellars Chardonnay 2006
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              • Maryhill Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                Maryhill Chardonnay 2006
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                • Cote Bonneville DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                  Cote Bonneville DuBrul Vineyard Chardonnay 2006
                  Chardonnay from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Revelry Vintners Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                    Revelry Vintners Chardonnay 2006
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                    • Forgeron Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                      Forgeron Chardonnay 2006
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                      • Kiona Chardonnay 2006 Front Label
                        Kiona Chardonnay 2006
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                        • Snoqualmie Chardonnay 2006  Front Label
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