Do you know why currently is Washington State the second largest wine maker state behind California? Because its climate is good for grapes and generally receive two more hours of sunlight than most of the Californian vineyards. Washington has great young wines. Travelers have to try it.
Main regions are located in the central and south-central area of the state. As the second largest state it has about 400 wineries with more than 300 grape growers. With 30 wine grape varieties the can produce nice wines with a balance between red and white ones. Washington state wines are nationwide and worldwide known in over 40 countries.
The state’s wines are younger than Californians but they are on the field and make “touchdowns” if they have chance to do it. Many wines left competitions with glittering medals. If you are there, almost anywhere you can shop for quality foods and you will find some decent wines costing between $10 and $25 a bottle. Which kind of wines?
Gewurztraminer and Riesling (Ch. Ste. Michelle Eroica Riesling) are famous in Columbia River region. Mandarin and lime is unforgettable in the bottle. Grapes were planted only in few wineries. Best known Walla Walla region offers beautiful and fruity Syrah (Reininger Syrah) and Cabernet Sauvignon with smoke flavors alongside Merlot. Yakima Valley has nice Chardonnay. A must try with its tropical fruit and mango is the Pine & Post Chardonnay.
15.000 vineyard acres is a huge countryside. This is Columbia Valley. Cabernet Sauvigon (Hogue Genesis Cabernet Sauvignon) with smoke flavors Chardonnay and Merlot are among the region’s most popular wines. Washington state winery specialist is very generous and their goal to keep nice results what they have achieved already in the wine of world.
To tell the truth Washington state wines are already became world class. If you would like to extend ypur knowledge about wines then you should try them asap.
At the end of our short guide here is a food pairing tip for you:
Minestrone is very good food with a red wine like a Sangiovese from Northwest of the state.
Cheers and Enjoy!
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