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

  • 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...

  • Chardonnay

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

  • 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 ...

  • Columbia Winery

    Columbia Winery was founded in 1962 during the birth of the Washington wine industry by a grou...

  • Avery Lane

    Avery Lane offers a wide variety of premium wines from the Columbia Valley, representing some of ...

  • Hyatt Vineyards

    Hyatt Vineyards was established by Leland and Lynda Hyatt in 1983. Evolving from a modest Estate ...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

  • Kestrel Wines

    We opened our winery in early 1999 on three acres in the Prosser Wine and Food Park. Our winery b...

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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://...

    Comment by 114337HardRow 114337 HardRow


  • Doubleback Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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    The wine is a beautiful deep garnet color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is a lovely combination of ripe wild berries, blackberry, marionberry and raspberry intermingled with some earthy notes of leather and a hint of baking spice. The taste is a burst of tart cherry at the outset that transitions nicely to some vanilla bean and dark... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Helix Rose 2012

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    The color is a deep pink, truly the color of a nice rose. The nose is lovely combination of cool citrus, strawberry and watermelon notes. The taste is blast of summer right from the outset, fresh fruit flavors of strawberry and watermelon with a hint of fresh cut grass transports you to your favorite picnic spot. The acidity is well balanced ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Kirkland Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    The wine is a brooding ruby color in the glass with nice clarity. The nose is a pleasant combination of ripe plum, blackberry and leather with just a hint of dusty limestone, a classic CV merlot nose. The taste was a rush of warm ripe fruit intermingled with a bit of anise and baking spice which transitioned nicely to some notes of mocha and v... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • Vino, I remember hearing about Remy on Snooth and being intrigued by it. If I ... varitities using Oregon and Washington grape Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • Sineann Celilo Vineyard Gewurztraminer 2013

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    Perfectly fine Gewurtz from Sineann in Newberg OR. Very floral nose with some more on the palate along with dried apricot, orange marmalade and just a hint of clove. The acidity is nice but not mouth puckering and the finish is fairly long, similar to a dessert wine. Read More

    Wine review by vin0vin0


  • V V - That Cotes-du-Rhone wine does look tasty to me, and an excellent pairing ... ... day out on the town - Washington DC in this case.  We had tickets to see the musical 'Once', which is basically a lot of Irish music and a story line.  I generally don't appreciate musicals and so I wasn't all that excited about attending this one but after... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling

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    No written review

    Wine review by Nesmockin


  • Domaine Ste. Michelle Brut Columbia Valley NV

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    Apple in the nose. Great body. Read More

    Wine review by woolfepac


  • Last night Sandra and I were back in the district to attend a one-month opening ... ... the first cat cafe in Washington DC.  Afterwards, walking back to the Metro through Georgetown, we stopped and finally dined at Eno, a wine bar right next to the Four Seasons Hotel in Georgetown.   We had tried having dinner here several times but they don'... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • I love the Vivino app too, but I typically use it when pouring wines at the ... this as a volunteer to the Washington Wine Academy.  The guy who owns this business is doing a good job and working hard to please people.  That's the kind of thing I like to support in my retirement year 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!

    Comment by 891722dunann 891722 dunann


  • velvet devil

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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!

    Comment by 498820Stregone 498820 Stregone


  • 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...

    Comment by 105252Bartond 105252 Bartond


  • want a delicious bottle of wine with cherry, chocolate and even coffee notes from washington??? i tried this along with my fellow bartenders, and we fell in love.... it is now on our winelist!!! HOWLING WOLFE ZINFANDEL made by THURSTON WOLFE 2007 this vino is from horse heaven hills. It is increadable!!! i suggest to let it breathe for a while b...

    Comment by 346464vinoniki 346464 vinoniki


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