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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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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017 Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Chardonnay 2017
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016  Front Label
    Tenet The Pundit Syrah 2016
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Eroica Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Eroica Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Charles & Charles Rose 2018 Front Label
    Charles & Charles Rose 2018
    Rosé from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016  Front Label
    J. Bookwalter Readers Merlot 2016
    Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Leonetti Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Old Vines Chenin Blanc 2018
    Chenin Blanc from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Ferguson Estate Red 2016
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013 Front Label
    No Girls La Paciencia Vineyard Grenache 2013
    Grenache from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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    • WE94
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  • Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013 Front Label
    Andrew Will Winery Ciel du Cheval 2013
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Greenwing Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Greenwing Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery Pere de Famille Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016  Front Label
    Chateau Ste. Michelle Canoe Ridge Estate Cabernet Sauvignon 2016
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Poet's Leap Riesling 2017 Front Label
    Poet's Leap Riesling 2017
    Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Cayuse The Lovers 2016  Front Label
    Cayuse The Lovers 2016
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • B. Leighton Gratitude 2016  Front Label
    B. Leighton Gratitude 2016
    Rhone Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017  Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Walla Walla Merlot 2017
    Merlot from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 Front Label
    Gramercy Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon 2015
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Charles & Charles C2 Northridge Vineyard Malbec 2015  Front Label
    Charles & Charles C2 Northridge Vineyard Malbec 2015
    Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018  Front Label
    Woodward Canyon Chardonnay 2018
    Chardonnay from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Boomtown by Dusted Valley Pinot Gris 2018  Front Label
    Boomtown by Dusted Valley Pinot Gris 2018
    Pinot Gris/Grigio from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Owen Roe Sinister Hand 2018  Front Label
    Owen Roe Sinister Hand 2018
    Rhone Red Blends from Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2017 Front Label
    Seven Hills Winery Dry Rose 2017
    Rosé from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014 Front Label
    Horsepower Vineyards Sur Echalas Vineyard Syrah 2014
    Syrah/Shiraz from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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