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For years and years California has been regarded as the premier wine region in the United States.  Recently, its neighbors to the north have been catching up. Oregon has made a serious name for itself as a destination for Pinot Noir, especially in the Willamette Valley.  Meanwhile, Washington state wine is blowing up!

I tasted what I call "a transition wine" on Wine Library TV in October 2007.  It was a Washington state Cabernet from a producer I'd never tasted before, called Boudreaux Cellars.  It was $40 a bottle and I went completely bonkers for it, scoring it 96-plus!  At that moment, what I had already suspected about Washington became cemented in my mind: Washington will one day surpass California in the hearts and minds of consumers as the premier growing region in the US.

Until that day comes, there are phenomenal values to be had.  Wines priced at $25 to $50 from Washington rival many California wines that now sell for twice as much.  Washington state is now producing world class Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Syrah. There's no turning back!

Click here for some of my recommended Washington state reds currently available!

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