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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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  • Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2005 Front Label
    Columbia Winery Gewurztraminer 2005
    Gewurztraminer 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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    • 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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      • Poet's Leap Riesling 2005 Front Label
        Poet's Leap Riesling 2005
        Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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      • Bergevin Lane Viognier 2005 Front Label
        Bergevin Lane Viognier 2005
        Viognier 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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          • Eroica Riesling 2005 Front Label
            Eroica Riesling 2005
            Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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            • CG91
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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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            • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
              Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2005
              Chardonnay 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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            • Hogue Genesis Riesling 2005 Front Label
              Hogue Genesis Riesling 2005
              Riesling 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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              • J. Bookwalter Riesling 2005 Front Label
                J. Bookwalter Riesling 2005
                Riesling 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 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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              • 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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              • Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                Barnard Griffin Chardonnay 2005
                Chardonnay 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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                • Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2005 Front Label
                  Gordon Brothers Chardonnay 2005
                  Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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                  • Novelty Hill Semillon 2005 Front Label
                    Novelty Hill Semillon 2005
                    Semillon 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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                  • Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2005 Front Label
                    Waterbrook Sauvignon Blanc 2005
                    Sauvignon Blanc 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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