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When it comes to diversity and quality, few wine regions compare with Washington State. Home to 900 licensed wineries and 40 grape varieties—from Cabernet Sauvignon to Merlot, Riesling to Chardonnay—Washington State ranks as the second-largest premium wine producer in the U.S.. Over the past seven years, nearly 50 percent of Washington State wines reviewed by Wine Spectator received scores of 90 points or higher.

We can thank the terroir for this unusual mix of variety and quality. From the glacially-carved Columbia Gorge to the golden, sun-kissed fields and pine-flanked mountainsides of the Cascades, Washington State is comprised of 14 American Viticultural Areas with unique geology, soil and climate. In fact, 99 percent of grapes are grown on the eastern side of the state, where sunny skies and warm temperatures prevail.

It’s why pioneering vintners from all over the world have flocked to Washington State, creating a laid-back and vibrant wine-making region that is both established and emerging, a creative community where working the land and experimenting with ideas go hand in hand, all in an effort to bring the terroir to life.

All this variety and quality equates to enormous value for consumers, who can find a grape/blend/style at every price point. Especially here in San Diego, where a host of local promotions make discovering Washington State wine more fun and affordable than ever. From 30 percent off Washington State wines at Ralph’s to special events like dinner with Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau at Vintana, you’ll find the perfect array of discounts and wine pairings.

Break out of your California comfort zone this spring by discovering what Washington State wine has to offer. Find details about special promotions at select Cohn Restaurants, Stake Chophouse & Bar, and features and discounts at Ralphs, Costco, and San Diego Wine Company at WaWineSD.com.

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