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IN 2000 there were approximately 150 wineries in Washington State. By the end of 2009, this number had ballooned to 650. Despite the economy, the winery count continues to expand, with a new winery bonded in the state almost every week. As we’ve gotten bigger, we’ve gotten better. Last year, Wine Spectator named a Washington wine its Wine of the Year, Wine Enthusiast gave one of our wines a perfect 100-point score, and Food and Wine named a Washington winemaker its Winemaker of the Year. These accomplishments would have been almost unthinkable 10 years ago. Coming on the heels of excellent vintages in 2005 and 2006, the 2007 vintage featured near-perfect growing conditions and is widely considered one of Washington’s finest. The 100 wines here represent the very best of a very good group.