Wine Spectator Grand Award

Aaron Wood-Snyderman, wine director of Metropolitan Grill in Seattle, knows that he’s ideally positioned to win people over to Washington wines: The steaks on the menu, sourced and prepared with extraordinary care, are the perfect foil for the state’s Cabernets, Merlots and Syrahs. “We’ve been turning out great wine for years in this state,” Wood-Snyderman says. “I don’t want anyone to pause when they’re asked what’s the best Washington wine list in the world.”

Washington reds are the core strength of this list, offered in both breadth and depth. Highlights include Quilceda Creek Cabernet Sauvignon Washington 1992 ($750) and Cayuse Syrah Bionic Frog Walla Walla Valley 2007 ($765). Among more affordable alternatives are youthful but drinkable L’Ecole No. 41 Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley Estate 2014 ($90) and Dunham Cellars Syrah Columbia Valley 2013 ($85).

photo credit: Brooke Fitts