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White Wines:

Chardonnay (Shar-duh-NAY) – French grape, widely planted in Eastern WA; ranges from light to complex

Chenin Blanc (Shen-in Blahnk)– French grape which makes complex and fruity wine

Gewurztraminer (Geh-VERTZ-tra-mee-ner) – German-Alsatian grape, planted in the Columbia Valley and Yakima Valley; makes sweet, aromatic wine

Muller-Thurgau (MEW-ler Toor-gow) – German grape, widely planted around Puget Sound; makes a Muscat-like wine

Muscat Blanc (Moos-caht or Muss-cat) – makes a rich dessert wine

Pinot Grigio/Pinot Gris (Pee-no GREE-joe/Pee-no Gree) – Makes a dry, crisp acidic wine

Riesling (REES-ling) – German grape; makes popular, well rounded wines

Sauvignon Blanc (So-vin-YOWN Blahnk) – Bordeaux grape; fermented in oak to make a dry wine

Semillon (Seh-mee-YOWN) – Bordeaux grape; makes dry, seafood friendly wines

Siegerrebe (See-ger-RAY-bay) – German hybrid that ripens well in cool climates and does well in the Puget Sound region

Viognier (Vee-own-YAY) – Rhone valley grape; does well in Eastern WA

Red Wines:

Cabernet Franc (Cab-er-NEY Frahnk) – Bordeaux grape; grown in the Walla Walla and Yakima Valleys and the Columbia Gorge

Cabernet Sauvignon (Cab-er-NAY So-vin-YAWN) – Bordeaux grape; grows well in the Columbia Valley, makes wines with lots of tannins

Grenache (Greh-NOSH) – Southern French grape; makes fruity wine

Merlot (Mer-LOW) – black grape; makes a smoother and more supple wine than Cabernet Sauvignon

Pinot Noir (Pee-no Nwar) – French grape; makes excellent wine but is not widely planted in WA

Sangiovese (San-jee-oh-VEH-say) – does very well in Yakima and Walla Walla

Syrah or Shiraz (Sir-RAH, Shir-RAZ) – Rhone grape; makes complex, big bodied wines, does well in the Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys 

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