Washington Wine

 

Washington State has become the second largest wine producer in the US, however its quality wine history is fairly new. The first wine grapes were planted in Fort Vancouver by the Hudson Bay Company in 1825. By the early 20th century, many European immigrants were producing wines of decent quality. By 1914, vineyards were dotting Yakima and Walla Walla Valleys. 
 
But the Prohibition halted commercial production considerably, even though this also forced a wave of home wine-making. After the Repeal, strict laws were set in place that isolated Washington’s wine industry. Even though some vinifera wines were being produced for private consumption, what emerged from Washington was only sweet and dessert wine made from Concord grapes. These same laws also prohibited California wines, so the majority of Washingtonians only drank what they knew, those sweet Concord wines. 
 
Then in the early 1960s scientists Walter Clore and Chas Nagel won an appeal to Read more »

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Washington state resident. Global citizen. Wine explorer. Bike racer. Exploring wines from around the world by comparing Washington wines to challengers from around the globe in weekly wine matches.

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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • Chardonnay

    British wine writer and critic, Jancis Robinson, once noted that throughout the 80’s and 90’s in the United States, C...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

    Sauvignon Blanc is widely grown in California -- at over 15,000 acres, it’s now the third most planted variety -- and...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

Subregions of Washington

  • Columbia Gorge

    The confusing thing about this AVA is that there are two places called “The Gorge” in Washington ...

  • Columbia Valley

      The Columbia Valley AVA straddles both Washington and Oregon, though the majority of its w...

  • Benton County

    Benton County is an emerging wine region in southwest Washington state. It straddles the Yakima...

  • Grant County

  • Horse Heaven Hills

    Bounded on the north by the ridge of the hills forming the southern border of the Yakima Valley, ...

Popular Wineries in Washington View all

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • DeLille Cellars

    DeLILLE CELLARS is a small winery located in Woodinville, Washington and was originally co-fou...

  • Duck Pond Cellars

    Founded in 1993, Duck Pond Cellars owns and operates 840 acres of vineyards in the valleys of nor...

  • C. R. Sandidge Wines

    Starting in 1999: C. R. Sandidge Wines is a family owned and operated small boutique winery. Ray ...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

    At Cougar Creek Wine, we specialize in homemade fruit and grape wines. These wines from our small...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

    At Pepper Bridge, a family-owned estate winery, our mission is to make ultra-premium, world-class...

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  • Washiington State just got its 11th appellation...Lake Chelan yesterday April 29, 2009. This area is located in north central Washington state and islocated within the Columbia Valley AVA but at its most northern boundary. It is much higher in elevation and with a more cooler climate. For more information on this up-and-coming area visit http://...

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  • DV/LV-Nice Washington Cab! We had a different 2007 last weekend and it was drinking very well.RCKR-We have had a couple of those. Nice line-up. The 3.99 wine is a 2012 Tapena Tempranillo. Best value buy ever for me. Great for my non-wine loving friends and family not to mention parties.  Read More

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  • Sandra and I are in the middle of attending Wagner's Ring Cycle being ... ... ... at The Kennedy Center in Washington DC.  I hadn't realized the importance of these performances until sitting/chatting with people (dining in the Opera House adjacent rooms is included with our tickets) and learning that some have traveled far just to attend.  On... Read More

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  • EM-That bottle sounds awesome!We had a Washington kinda of weekend.... Nothing fancy but good and very enjoyable:Our favorite was the 2007 Walla Faces Cab. Very complex with blackfruit, mocha, a little spice and earthiness. Long finish with semi-smooth tannins.  Read More

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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2009

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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2009

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  • Columbia Crest Walter Clore Private Reserve Columbia Valley 2009

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    Blackberries, dark cherries (especially on the mid-palate) with pepper, spice and mocha. There deep cigar box note buried in this as well as an earthy component. The tannins and acidity have married completely and this to a smooth, fruit filled aftertaste. Wonderful wine - Paul 90 points Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • I suppose that there are some Washington wines made from Bordeaux grapes that are unworthy, but, thankfully, it seems that they keep those for themselves and a lot of good stuff gets smuggled past the border.Drank syrah, tonight.  I guess I'm breaking another thread rule, but maybe its weekend in Bora Bora or someplace.Just a terrific wine.  It'... Read More

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  • Boom! Boom! Syrah Washington State 2013

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    I love this stuff. Big, expressive and in your face this exudes the CS karisma. Wonderful fruit - blueberries and blackberries, oak and pepper with just a touch of gamy notes and a lengthy aftertaste Drink now - Paul 88 points Read More

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  • MJET - Are we talking just Cali cabs - or can we include Left Bank wines, ... ... this list?  How about Washington Stat Read More

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  • DMCKER - Agreed, there are many subtleties to this question. my response ... into the conversation.  Washington is putting out some mean Merlot in the $25 - $35 range that age really well and consider that Spain releases it's reservas and 3 years or more of aging with many sellin for under $30 and the conversation opens up considerably.  I'm a... Read More

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  • I saw a rating of the 2012 vintage in WA for reds. It was 94-97. After tasting a number of Cabernets, I must disagree. I would give it an 88. Obviously the press is getting a little ahead of themselves on this call.

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  • you must realize there are two Washingtons. you mixed them up with your map!

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  • If you are heading into Washington's wine country, make a stop in Prosser (exit 80 off I-82) if not able to stay the night. They have a "Vintner's Village", more like a Disneyland for wine lovers. There is so much to taste! All in all, Canyon's Edge Winery gets our thumbs up with an out of this world Cab and Sangiovese. Oh and we can't forge...

    Comment by 516467Lovin D Vine 516467 Lovin D Vine


  • My wife and I have been to Walla Walla several times. We got turned on to a Riesling at Three Rivers. I simply loved the Syrah that I purchased at L'Ecole No 41. Recently at Vino! A Wine Shop in Spokane, WA, I bought several bottles of Syrah by Spokane's Barrister Winery. It was excellent!

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  • A hidden gem in the world of wines. We need to get the word out there!

    Comment by 479390hordur 479390 hordur


  • Is anyone else doing the WA Merlot virtual wine tasting/tweetup tonight? #WAMerlot

    Comment by 256515mortgageporter 256515 mortgageporter


  • I think I'm 12 for 12 on red wines from Washington. I've literally never had a Cab, Syrah, or Merlot from Washington that I didn't at least like, but most of them I love. Something about that Columbia Valley that hits my taste buds right. Just thought I'd mention that. Anyone know of any good values $15-20 on big, bold Washington reds? I'm alwa...

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