Washington is a large and diverse winegrowing region. Among U.S. states, it's second only to California in terms of how much wine it produces. Except for 120 acres in the Puget Sound area around Seattle, all of the state's vines are planted east of the Cascade Mountains in the arid Columbia Valley. Red grapes, in particular, thrive here thanks to the Columbia River. Columbia Valley's quality and diversity is on display in this week's selection of impressive reds like Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and more.
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