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Local wine named No. 1 wine in the world

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PATERSON, Wash. -- Columbia Crest's Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon is named the number one wine in the world for 2009. The Wine Spectator magazine chose the wine. It is one of the most influential wine publications in the world.

Columbia Crest 2005 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon was the editors' pick. It was selected from more than 17,000 wines tasted by the editors.

The winery is the first in Washington state to fill the top spot in Wine Spectator's annual Top 100 wines of the world ranking.

"We are honored that editors selected the Columbia Crest Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon as No. 1 in its 2009 Top 100 list," said Winemaker Ray Einberger. "And it's a particular honor to be the first wine from Washington state to receive this recognition. We have always believed that the region is among the best wine-producing areas in the world, and this reinforces that belief."

The wine has been ranked previously on the magazine's Top 100 list. In 2004, Wine Spectator ranked the 2001 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon No. 30, and over the years 15 Columbia Crest wines have been named to the Top 100 list.