The Best Wine From Washington Under $20

The state of Washington is the second largest producer of wine in the United States. Wines from Washington are likely to fly under the radar but the state is doing some exciting things with both red and white varieties. Riesling and Merlot are lovely from this region, but thanks to the unique conditions in the state just about every variety thrives there.

Columbia Valley covers 99% of the vineyard area in the state of Washington and offers a fascinating study in what wine geeks like to call “terroir”. Terroir is a French term associated with wine that means a “sense of place”. It essentially refers to the special conditions of a specific place. These conditions can include climate, soil type, and even unique plant characteristics.

In the Columbia Valley the terroir includes conditions like 300 days of sunshine a year and a desert-like annual rainfall of just 6–10 inches. (This is due to the rain shadow effect from the Cascade Mountains.) The area also boasts a 40 degree diurnal shift, which is the difference between daytime and night time temperatures. (Large differences in daytime and nighttime temperatures are wonderful for growing grapes.)

Columbia Valley also has extremely unique soil types caused by the Missoula Floods during the Ice Age 20,000 years ago. These soils allow vines to thrive and also impart unique mineral characteristics to the grapes.

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g3 Cabernet Sauvignon – Gorgeous

g3 Cabernet Sauvignon - Gorgeous

Bulk Buy! 81% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Merlot, 4% Cabernet Franc, 3% Petit-Verdot and 1% Malbec from Columbia Valley, Washington. A portion … [Read more...]

Eroica Riesling – Masterful

2013 Eroica Riesling - Masterful

A mouthwatering symphony of textures and flavors available at Costco. 100% Riesling from Columbia Valley, Washington (primarily the … [Read more...]

Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon – Well Composed

Pitch Cabernet Sauvignon - Well Composed

A melodious mix of dark fruit and oak. 100% Cabernet Sauvignon from Columbia Valley, Washington. The wine is aged in 70% French and 30% … [Read more...]

McKinley Springs Horse Heaven Hills Malbec – Eye-Openingly Good

McKinley Springs Horse Heaven Hills Malbec - Eye-Openingly Good

Bring on the Malbec from Washington State! Malbec from Horse Heaven Hills, Columbia Valley, Washington. … [Read more...]

Sleight of Hand Cellars The Magician Riesling – No Joke

Sleight of Hand Cellars The Magician Riesling - No Joke

There are no illusions about just how tasty this wine is! 100% Riesling from the Evergreen Vineyard in the Ancient Lakes AVA in Columbia … [Read more...]

Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Merlot – Coffee and Chocolate

2011 Seven Falls Wahluke Slope Merlot

A killer price for a wine of this quality. 100% Merlot. 58% from the Shaw Vineyard, 25% from the Zirckle Fruit Vineyard and 17% from the … [Read more...]