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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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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2005 Front Label
    Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2005
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Eroica Riesling 2005 Front Label
      Eroica Riesling 2005
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Hogue Genesis Riesling 2005 Front Label
      Hogue Genesis Riesling 2005
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      • J. Bookwalter Riesling 2005 Front Label
        J. Bookwalter Riesling 2005
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Riesling 2005 Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Riesling 2005
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2005 Front Label
        Eroica Single Berry Select (375ML half bottle) 2005
        Riesling from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Silver Lake Roza Vineyard Riesling 2005 Front Label
        Silver Lake Roza Vineyard Riesling 2005
        Riesling from Rattlesnake Hills, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2005 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2005
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