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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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  • Force Majeure Epinette 2017  Front Label
    Force Majeure Epinette 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Betz Family Winery La Cote Rousse Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Klipsun Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • K Vintners Roma 2017  Front Label
    K Vintners Roma 2017
    Other Red Blends from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017  Front Label
    Quilceda Creek CVR Columbia Valley Red (1.5 Liter Magnum) 2017
    Bordeaux Red Blends from Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    L'Ecole 41 Walla Walla Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Walla Walla Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Force Majeure Cabernet Sauvignon 2017  Front Label
    Force Majeure Cabernet Sauvignon 2017
    Cabernet Sauvignon from Red Mountain, Yakima Valley, Columbia Valley, Washington
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  • Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah 2017  Front Label
    Dusted Valley Stained Tooth Syrah 2017
    Syrah/Shiraz from Columbia Valley, Washington
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