Washington State Wine Region Basics

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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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