Washington gained its 15th appellation September 2nd, with the approval of the Royal Slope, the U.S.’s latest American Viticultural Area (AVA). 

 “I personally think it’s the best overall appellation in the state,” says Aryn Morell, who makes wines for Gård Vintners, as well as his own A. Morell Wines, using grapes from the Royal Slope.
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Picture courtesy of Stillwater Creek Vineyard