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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 Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
    Snoqualmie Sauvignon Blanc 2005
    Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
      Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
      Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2005 Front Label
      Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2005
      Gewurztraminer from Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • Hogue Genesis Riesling 2005 Front Label
      Hogue Genesis Riesling 2005
      Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
        Chateau Ste. Michelle Indian Wells Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
        Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Gordon Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
        Gordon Brothers Sauvignon Blanc 2005
        Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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        • Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Novelty Hill Stillwater Creek Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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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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        • Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
          Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2005
          Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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          • Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
            Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2005
            Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2005
              Chardonnay 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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              • Hedges Family Estate CMS White 2005 Front Label
                Hedges Family Estate CMS White 2005
                Other White Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                  Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay 2005
                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2005 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Pinot Gris 2005
                  Pinot Gris/Grigio 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
                  • WE90
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                • Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
                  Chateau Ste. Michelle Horse Heaven Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2005
                  Sauvignon Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2005 Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Semillon 2005
                  Semillon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                  L'Ecole 41 Chardonnay 2005
                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                • Two Vines Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                  Two Vines Chardonnay 2005
                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                    Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2005
                    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                    Chateau Ste. Michelle Cold Creek Vineyard Chardonnay 2005
                    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Barnard Griffin Fume Blanc 2005 Front Label
                    Barnard Griffin Fume Blanc 2005
                    Sauvignon Blanc 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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