Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau, right, and German winemaker Ernst Loosen walk through a vineyard above the Yakima Valley this summer. The two work together to craft Eroica, a Riesling made from Washington grapes. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Chateau Ste. Michelle winemaker Bob Bertheau, right, and German winemaker Ernst Loosen walk through a vineyard above the Yakima Valley this summer. The two work together to craft Eroica, a Riesling made from Washington grapes. (Photo by Andy Perdue/Great Northwest Wine)

Washington’s first plantings of riesling predated statehood

It is now the No. 4 grape in the state, trailing cabernet sauvignon, merlot and chardonnay.

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