Acclaimed grower Mike Sauer collaborated with the late David Lake, a wine master and winemaker for Columbia Winery, to establish syrah in Washington by planting it in the foothills of Mount Adams in 1986. The Chapel Block has become of one of state’s most photographed vineyard settings. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Acclaimed grower Mike Sauer collaborated with the late David Lake, a wine master and winemaker for Columbia Winery, to establish syrah in Washington by planting it in the foothills of Mount Adams in 1986. The Chapel Block has become of one of state’s most photographed vineyard settings. (Photo by Eric Degerman/Great Northwest Wine)

Washington turned 20,000 tons of syrah into wine last year

It continues to grow in popularity as the state’s No. 3 red grape after cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

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