Washington, the state of Riesling

By on January 22, 2017
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Riesling grows in stone-filled soil at DuBrul Vineyard, the estate Rattlesnake Hills planting of the Shiels family and Cote Bonneville.

Riesling grows in stony Yakima Valley soil at DuBrul Vineyard, the estate Rattlesnake Hills planting of the Shiels family and Côte Bonneville in Sunnyside. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

No place in the United States produces more Riesling than the Columbia Valley, and nowhere else in the world does a winery make more Riesling.

Welcome to Washington, the state of Riesling.

Thanks to the leadership of Chateau Ste. Michelle in Woodinville, the Evergreen State leads the nation in Riesling production, more than California, Oregon, New York and Michigan. And Washington’s oldest winery bottles more Riesling than any winery in the world – including Germany.

In the following pages, you’ll find a dozen examples of Washington Rieslings we’ve enjoyed in recent weeks, which run the gamut of styles.

About Great Northwest Wine

Articles authored by Great Northwest Wine are co-authored by Eric Degerman and Andy Perdue. In most cases, these are wine reviews that are judged blind by the Great Northwest Wine tasting panel.

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