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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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  • Snoqualmie Winemaker's Select Riesling 2012 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Winemaker's Select Riesling 2012
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Washington Hills Riesling 2012 Front Label
      Washington Hills Riesling 2012
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      • Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012 Front Label
        Polka Dot Sweet Riesling 2012
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Mercer Estates Riesling 2012 Front Label
          Mercer Estates Riesling 2012
          Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Seven Hills Winery Riesling 2012 Front Label
            Seven Hills Winery Riesling 2012
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • StoneCap Riesling 2012 Front Label
            StoneCap Riesling 2012
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • North by Northwest NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2012 Front Label
              North by Northwest NxNW Horse Heaven Hills Riesling 2012
              Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2012 Front Label
                Washington Hills Late Harvest Riesling 2012
                Riesling from Washington
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              • Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012 Front Label
                Charles Smith Wines Kung Fu Girl Riesling 2012
                Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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              • Mercer Canyons Riesling 2012 Front Label
                Mercer Canyons Riesling 2012
                Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2012 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Riesling 2012
                  Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Barnard Griffin Riesling 2012 Front Label
                    Barnard Griffin Riesling 2012
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    • WE91
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                  • Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2012 Front Label
                    Efeste Evergreen Riesling 2012
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    • WE93
                    • WS90
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                  • Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2012 Front Label
                    Pacific Rim Dry Riesling 2012
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
                    • WE89
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                  • Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2012 Front Label
                    Milbrandt Traditions Riesling 2012
                    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                    • 14 Hands Riesling 2012 Front Label
                      14 Hands Riesling 2012
                      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2012 Front Label
                        Chateau Ste. Michelle Dry Riesling 2012
                        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
                        • WS88
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                      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2012 Front Label
                        Chateau Ste. Michelle Harvest Select Sweet Riesling 2012
                        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                      • Pacific Rim Riesling 2012 Front Label
                        Pacific Rim Riesling 2012
                        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
                        • WE88
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                      • Grace Lane Riesling 2012 Front Label
                        Grace Lane Riesling 2012
                        Riesling from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
                        • TP93
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                      • Joel Gott Riesling 2012 Front Label
                        Joel Gott Riesling 2012
                        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Poet's Leap Riesling 2012 Front Label
                          Poet's Leap Riesling 2012
                          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Eroica Gold Riesling (500 ML) 2012 Front Label
                          Eroica Gold Riesling (500 ML) 2012
                          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2012 Front Label
                          Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Riesling 2012
                          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                        • Eroica Riesling 2012 Front Label
                          Eroica Riesling 2012
                          Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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