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WASHINGTON

Wait a minute,

you may be thinking:

Isn't Seattle super rainy?

That’s true,

gentle reader, it is. Washington State is actually divided into two very different

parts: the rainy coastal section to the west of the towering Cascade Mountain

range, and an interior desert in the rain shadow east of the mountains. The

latter is where most of the wine is grown. The warm, sunny desert climate

allows the region’s 800 wineries to grow over 40 different grape varieties.

NORTHWEST PARSAGE:

Vineyards near Ahtanum

Ridge in the western end

of the Yakima Valley AVA.