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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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  • Buty Conner Lee Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
    Buty Conner Lee Chardonnay 2011
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    • Waterbrook Collector's Series Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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      • Two Vines Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
        Two Vines Chardonnay 2011
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2011 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay (375ML half-bottle) 2011
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          • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
            Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2011
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          • 14 Hands Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
            14 Hands Chardonnay 2011
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          • StoneCap Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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            • Canoe Ridge The Expedition Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
              Canoe Ridge The Expedition Chardonnay 2011
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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              • Snoqualmie Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                  Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2011
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                • Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                  Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Chardonnay 2011
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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                • L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                  • Browne Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                    Browne Family Vineyards Chardonnay 2011
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                  • Cote Bonneville Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                  • Tranche Cellars Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                    Tranche Cellars Chardonnay 2011
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                    • Waterbrook Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                      • Tenor Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                        • Columbia Crest H3 Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                          • Gilbert Cellars Doc Stewart Vineyard Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                            Gilbert Cellars Doc Stewart Vineyard Chardonnay 2011
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                            • Woodward Canyon Estate Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                              Woodward Canyon Estate Chardonnay 2011
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                              • Hogue Genesis Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
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                                • Thrall & Dodge Winery Rusty Horseshoe Chardonnay 2011 Front Label
                                  Thrall & Dodge Winery Rusty Horseshoe Chardonnay 2011
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