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By Mary Ross


DaMa Wines


Walla Walla, Washington

• Suggested retail and availability: About $20 at wine and liquor stores (distributed by H2Vino, Chicago)

Walla Walla has it all for a wine trip: breathtaking natural splendor of the Columbia Valley, foodie havens and the Vintage Walla Walla weekend for an insider's experience of America's rising star region (June 16-18; Syrah is Walla Walla's hallmark and DaMa's label depicts its Syrah -- plump and inviting flesh brimming out from velvety texture. It's a little smoky, a little spicy, and to some, it's sure to say 'Mom.'