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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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  • Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2011 Front Label
    Pacific Rim Wallula Vineyard Biodynamic Riesling 2011
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Riesling 2011 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Riesling 2011
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2011 Front Label
      Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling 2011
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011 Front Label
        Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2011
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2011 Front Label
        Pacific Rim Organic Riesling 2011
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2011 Front Label
          Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2011
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Washington Hills Riesling 2011 Front Label
          Washington Hills Riesling 2011
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2011 Front Label
          Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2011
          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2011 Front Label
          Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2011
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          • Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2011 Front Label
            Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2011
            Riesling from Washington
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          • House Wine Riesling 2011 Front Label
            House Wine Riesling 2011
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • 14 Hands Riesling 2011 Front Label
            14 Hands Riesling 2011
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • North by Northwest NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2011 Front Label
              North by Northwest NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2011
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Seven Hills Winery Riesling 2011 Front Label
              Seven Hills Winery Riesling 2011
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2011 Front Label
                Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2011
                Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Grace Lane Riesling 2011 Front Label
                Grace Lane Riesling 2011
                Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Hogue Genesis Riesling 2011 Front Label
                  Hogue Genesis Riesling 2011
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                  • Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2011 Front Label
                    Columbia Winery Cellarmaster's Riesling 2011
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Poet's Leap Riesling 2011 Front Label
                      Poet's Leap Riesling 2011
                      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2011 Front Label
                      Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2011
                      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Eroica Riesling 2011 Front Label
                      Eroica Riesling 2011
                      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • Atam Winery LLC Riesling 2011 Front Label
                      Atam Winery LLC Riesling 2011
                      Riesling from Lake Chelan, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Three Rivers Riesling 2011 Front Label
                        Three Rivers Riesling 2011
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                        • Cote Bonneville DuBrul Vineyard Riesling 2011 Front Label
                          Cote Bonneville DuBrul Vineyard Riesling 2011
                          Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                          • Mercer Estates Mercer Canyons Riesling 2011 Front Label
                            Mercer Estates Mercer Canyons Riesling 2011
                            Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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