Washington’s next big-deal wine destination lies along the steep slopes and dramatic basalt cliffs where the Columbia River demarcates Oregon and Washington. This AVA straddles the state line, a 40-mile stretch from rainy Cascade Mountain foothills to hotter, drier Eastern Washington climes that will grow anything from albariño to zinfandel. Here, tasting rooms often look out over the very vines that provided its grapes, as you might in Napa or Tuscany, but with bonus views of Mount Hood and dramatic river canyons.
Producers from elsewhere in the state source grapes from the Columbia Gorge, but a relatively small group of local wineries push Washington’s stylistic boundaries, like
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