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The backbone of Washington wines

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The Wahluke Slope is in the middle of nowhere and unlikely to be on many lists for a wine-touring destination.

Yet this warm region around the town of Mattawa has long been the backbone of the Washington wine industry.

The Wahluke Slope is a 13-mile-wide gravel bar east of Yakima that was formed near the end of the last ice age when huge floods followed the course of the Columbia River, which surrounds most of the region. It is mostly…

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