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a region on the rise

It’s impossible to overstate how quickly the Pacific Northwest’s wine industry has evolved. In just 50 years, the area has grown from a few grapevines to a world-class wine-producing region. Innovation, vision and the hands-on enthusiasm of wine producers of all sizes have fueled this explosive change. Washington’s Walla Walla Valley serves as a good example. The first modern grapevines were planted there in 1974. For years, the valley grew slowly, with less than 20 operating wineries at the turn of the century. Even 40 years ago, anyone driving through downtown Walla Walla would pass only boarded-up buildings. Less than 20 years later, there are more than 100 wineries in the valley, and many of those boarded-up buildings have been converted to chic tasting rooms and renowned restaurants. The first few grapevines have…

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While Washington’s modern-day wine industry is more than half a century old, the past two decades have seen extraordinary growth. In 2000, there were 163 wineries. Now, there are almost six times that number, with a new winery opened about every 30 days. Vineyard acreage, too, has risen sharply. A period of grand exploration and experimentation has come alongside this increase. Wine growers and vintners are investigating new areas to plant grapes, and are working with newly introduced varieties. They are evaluating different grape-growing techniques and vinification methods, as well as trying out different styles. Because the state’s industry is so young compared to other wine regions, few variables are completely set. As a result, Washington is not defined by a single grape variety or style and is instead known for its…

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the diversity of washington wine

Washington grows grape varieties ranging from Aglianico to Zinfandel. Still, a connective thread runs through the state’s wines. In general, these wines bring together a New World ripeness of flavor (think of the opulence of fruit from wine regions like California and Australia) with an Old World type of acid and tannin structure (similar to the austerity of the wines from places like France and Italy). This creates an expression that straddles the two styles, but remains distinct to Washington. What makes the state’s wines taste the way they do? It’s a combination of three factors: geography, geology and climate. A TALE OF TWO CLIMATES “When I travel, people always say, ‘It’s cold and rainy [in Washington]. How do you ripen Cabernet?’” says Winemaker/Partner Chris Peterson of Avennia. Indeed, when most people think of…

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the diversity of washington wines

CABERNET SAUVIGNON “Washington Cabernet has a really nice purity,” says Winemaker Todd Alexander of Force Majeure Vineyards. “There’s rusticity to the wines but also an elegance, finish and polish to them that is really alluring.” CHARDONNAY “Our beautiful summertime weather allows us to successfully produce a full-bodied, rich and creamy Chardonnay, but we still retain acids and minerality,” says Marie-Eve Gilla of Forgeron Cellars. RIESLING “Riesling naturally carries its acidity very well, and the Columbia Valley’s cool nights as the growing season progresses from late August forward really enhances the varietal character,” says Gilles Nicault of Long Shadows. MERLOT “I see more vibrancy and purity of fruit with Washington Merlot,”says Casey McClellan of Seven Hills Winery. “What I find particularly attractive is the expressive cherry in the nose and palate, that ranges from red to black.” SYRAH “Washington Syrah…

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the diversity of washington wine

YAKIMA VALLEY Established in 1983, Yakima Valley is Washington’s oldest appellation. It is the work horse of the Washington wine industry, home to one quarter of the state’s wine-grape acreage. The valley includes some of the larger Columbia Valley’s warmest regions as well as some of its coolest. White-grape plantings, particularly Chardonnay and Riesling, outnumber red-grape plantings, which are led by Merlot. COLUMBIA VALLEY By far Washington’s largest and most significant appellation, the Columbia Valley encompasses one-third of the land mass of the entire state. A section of this growing region stretches down into northern Oregon, though few vineyards are located there. Both red (65%) and white (35%) grape varieties are planted. The area shows great diversity in elevation, aspect and heat accumulation. Almost all of Washington’s other growing regions are subappellations of…

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washington’s game changers

Washington State has seen explosive growth over the last 15 years, ballooning from 200 wineries to more than 940 today. With this growth has come an influx of talented winemakers, all with their own ideas about what Washington wine is and how it should be made. Though young, many of them have diversified the style and increased overall quality statewide. The five winemakers chronicled here are among those having an outsized impact on Washington’s wines. VICTOR PALENCIA PALENCIA WINES/MONARCA WINES “My upbringing was in the vineyards,” says Victor Palencia. Born in Mexico, Palencia came to eastern Washington with his family when he was two. His father began working in the state’s vineyards and, once he was 13, Palencia would join him after school. “It was very labor-intensive,” he says. Come high school, he shifted to working…