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THE CHANGING TASTE OF WASHINGTON WINE

In 50 years, Washington has gone from fledgling wine region to player on the world stage. Quality has never been higher, and the wines have gained critical and consumer attention.

Still, there can be a sameness to many of the state’s wines, and these stylistic similarities are not by chance.

“[People use] the same yeast, the same coopers, and by nature of Washington and its evolution, a lot of the same vineyards,” says Jeff Lindsay-Thorsen, co-owner/winemaker at WT Vintners.

Winemakers also often blend across large regions to protect against periodic frosts and freezes, and to take advantage of the best each area has to offer.

“The convention was the sum is greater than its parts,” says Lindsay-Thorsen. “You take a little bit of Red Mountain, a little bit of Walla Walla, a little bit of Yakima and bring them all together, and you have something that is delicious.”

They’re delicious, yes, and distinctly Washington but not necessarily distinctive from each other or showing a very specific sense of place.

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