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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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  • Flying Fish Riesling 2008 Front Label
    Flying Fish Riesling 2008
    Riesling from Washington
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    • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Barnard Griffin Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Barnard Griffin Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WS90
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    • Hogue Genesis Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Hogue Genesis Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Solstice Vineyard Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Solstice Vineyard Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Snoqualmie Naked Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Poet's Leap Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Poet's Leap Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2008 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2008
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
      • WE91
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