Washington and Oregon are the second and third largest producers in the United States. Both states have started craving out niches for themselves and really establishing their identities in international wine culture. Oregon has a thriving wine region not far from its capital, noted for its Pinot Noirs. However, the urban winery explosion in Portland is a very unique and accessible phenomenon that aligns nicely with the city as an epicurean destination. Washington State\’s wine region is expansive and remote, making its mark with its Cabernets and Merlots–but a trip to the tasting rooms in Woodinville, just outside of Seattle, will afford you an idea of why the Pacific Northwest is making its mark.