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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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...

  • Merlot

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

  • 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...

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

  • Cougar Creek Wine

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

  • The Hiney Winery

    25 years ago The Hiney Winery was America’s number one comedy feature broadcast on over 600 radio...

  • Cougar Crest Winery

    COUGAR CREST ESTATE WINERY was established at the Walla Walla Airport in 2001 by Deborah and Davi...

  • Thurston Wolfe

    Dr. Wade Wolfe and Rebecca Yeaman started Thurston Wolfe Winery in 1987 to realize their dream pr...

  • Willow Crest Winery

    Willow Crest Winery was founded in 1995 by David J. Minick, a longtime grape grower in the Yakima...

  • Pacific Rim

    First released by Randall Grahm of Bonny Doon Vineyard in 1992, Pacific Rim Dry Riesling quickly ...

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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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  • Tonight we had this 2012 Gramercy Cab Sav. Columbia Valley. Blackberry, ... ... overpowering. Some of the Washington signature vanilla but not over the top. This wine was surprisingly on the elegant side of the spectrum specially for being a 2012. Medium to long dry finish. A winner for us!&nbs Read More

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  • Chateau Ste. Michelle Columbia Valley Merlot 2013

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    Well and drinking above price point - again. Rich dark berry fruit, medium chewy tannins and well balanced acidity lead to medium long finish. 89 points - drink now - Paul Read More

    Wine review by rckr1951


  • Would like to recommend the wines of Charles Smith out of Washington. I visited his tasting room in Walla Walla lasted almost 12 seconds,the music was so loud I couldn't think,which is not unusual., later I tasted several of his wines Boom-Bbom, King Foo Girl he makes several others under $20, he also makes several in tj$100-150 range, most are ... Read More

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  • Gorman Winery Cabernet-Syrah Blend Red Mountain the Evil Twin 2006

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    Delicious, full bodied and good finish. Read More

    Wine review by michaelwine


  • I'd thought that the word "Reserve" was legally defined for wines in Washington state.  However, a quick check seems to indicate that rather than being regulated by state law, there is a vountary agreement among the  winery members of the Washington Wine Quality Alliance that "restricted their members to using the term on 10% or 3,000 cases (whi... Read More

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  • Great responses from you guys.  I too love the Spanish wines and find ... ... ... City (Arlington VA) and Washington DC.  Now I did drink the second bottle you see at the opening of this topic.  This $15 wine was actually a bit better than the Bordeaux wine on the left (which I think lost its fruit after an hour in the glass) but it's just no... Read More

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  • Os Winery Bsh Yakima Valley 2013

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    Dark berry, plum and black currant aromas turn a bit herbal on the nose showing a cooler side before releasing a bit of baking spice. Creamy textured on entry, this develops nicely on the palate with bold flavors of black currant, black cherry and well balance oak, deepening in richness towards the finish and releasing light black olive and dark... Read More

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  • Just checked Cellar Tracker of my 117 bottles 47% come from Washington or Oregon,only 8% from California,28% from Italy and 10% from France. I have found that the best QPR is Washington or Oregon. The only exception I make is Chardonnay which in my opinion only France is worth the price  Read More

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  • Spent two weeks last year in Oregon and Washington tasting wines,have come to the conclusion that 85% of the wines that I buy,will be from either Oregon or Washington this does not include Italian wines which is my favorite. The wines I get from Washington or Syrahs,Cabs and bourdeaux blends..I also like Long Shadows have several of the Chester ... Read More

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  • Jack, we love the Washington red blends from the Columbia Valley.  We discovered the Red Mountain AVA on our March trip to Washington and Oregon; ended up joining Long Shadows winery in Walla Walla.Today I picked up our May allocation from Medlock Ames.  Some nice reds here, along with Chardonnay. 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!

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

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  • 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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