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Arguably Americas most important wine growing region, home to the likes of Dominus, Heitz, Cain Cellars and Opus One. Bordeaux varietals are key in this 40 mile long North-South valley that stretches from the San Fransico Bay up towards Calistoga and the sheer variety of different climats and vineyard sites is as bewildering as the sheer variety of styles of wine produced. At their best these can be some of the most opulent examples of Cabernet Sauvignon in the world - truly great wines with dinstinctly long cellaring potentials, but more youthful approachability than their european counterparts.
Compared to Napa, Oregon’s Willamette Valley feels like true farming country. Driving through the valley is to drive through agricultural fields, with sporadic timber framed buildings and rusting farm machinery behind white picket fenced yards. It was and still is Mennonite land and was only officially recognised as an AVA in 1983.

The hills, unsurprisingly are where the vineyards are planted, and these are still to an extent being discovered, mapped and truly understood. There are hundreds of wineries, most of them pretty small in scale.

Pinot Noir is what the region is famous for, but as Walter Scott are demonstrating, Chardonnay is increasingly interesting. Pinot Gris here, as in the hands of the Eyrie Vineyards, can also be really fascinating. In weather terms the summers can be hot but there’s far more rain up there than in California and of course you are a few hundred miles further north and the comparative climate reflects this.
Washington State is a premium wine producing region located in the northwest corner of the United States. Although a relatively young wine industry, it is the nation's second largest wine producer and is ranked among the world's top wine regions. The state has ideal geography and conditions for growing wine grapes. Growers in Washington tend to focus on Riesling, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Syrah, but the region also produces a wide range of other white and red wines.