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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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  • Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape Blanc 2012 Front Label
    Tranche Cellars Slice of Pape Blanc 2012
    Rhone White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Reynvaan Queen's Road White 2012 Front Label
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    Rhone White Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Rotie Cellars Southern White 2012 Front Label
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      • Forgeron Ambiance White 2012 Front Label
        Forgeron Ambiance White 2012
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        • Domaine Pouillon Blanc du Moulin Roussanne Viognier 2012 Front Label
          Domaine Pouillon Blanc du Moulin Roussanne Viognier 2012
          Rhone White Blends from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • AniChe Cellars Columbia Valley Lizzy Roussanne Marsanne 2012 Front Label
            AniChe Cellars Columbia Valley Lizzy Roussanne Marsanne 2012
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            • Maison Bleue Winery Jaja 2012 Front Label
              Maison Bleue Winery Jaja 2012
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              • Waters Prelude White 2012 Front Label
                Waters Prelude White 2012
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                • Smasne Cellars Farm Girl Kaitlin Rayann 2012 Front Label
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                  • Airfield Estate Lightning 2012 Front Label
                    Airfield Estate Lightning 2012
                    Rhone White Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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