Washington State is the country’s second-largest wine-producing state, and its vintners have experimented with a multitude of grape varieties over the last few decades. While some have proven more successful than others, the Bordeaux-style wines of Washington are particularly good and have earned the state a reputation for outstanding, world-class red wines. Those made from Rhône varieties, especially Syrah, are increasingly esteemed. Among Washington’s white wines, Chardonnay justifies high praise, as do Viognier, Semillon and Riesling.
Five top bottles
- 2006 Chateau Ste. Michelle & Dr. Loosen Eroica Columbia Valley Riesling
- 2004 Columbia Crest Grand Estates Columbia Valley Chardonnay
- 2003 Covey Run Quail Series Columbia Valley Syrah
- 2005 Nelms Road Columbia Valley Merlot
- 2003 Sagelands Vineyard Four Corners Columbia Valley Cabernet Sauvignon
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Other great Web resources
Publisher of the Washington State Visitors’ Guide.
Wine Connection of Washington
Winery information, reviews and a Washington State wine club.
Visit Yakima Valley
Travel tips and tours for Washington’s Yakima Valley.
Maps and winery information for all of the Pacific Northwest.