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

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • The Hiney Winery

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

  • Columbia Winery

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

  • Cougar Crest Winery

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

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

    Otis Kenyon Wine is a family owned and managed winery with deep historical ties to the Walla Wall...

  • Covey Run Winery

    Named for the coveys of quail that patrol our prized vineyards in the Columbia Valley, Covey Run ...

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

    Stimson Estate Cellars wines are crafted from ripe, flavorful grapes from vineyards in the Columb...

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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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  • Just bought DeLille,another Washington, got bottle of the syrah,GSM,and Bourdeaux blend. They actually called me ,little bit of a sale,guess they were trying to get rid of stock Read More

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  • Jack, yes the tiered U.S. marketing system totally sucks.There is certainly ... I recognize the quality of Washington wines.  Then, when you look at pricing, it is easy to like Washington wines even more.That being said, there are good deals from California wineries.  If you do want to get some ideas, just go back at some of the posts on the t... Read More

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  • Am waiting on shipment of 2.bottles of Quilceda Creek 2015 Cabernet,and 3 ... ... Betz’s. These are both Washington wines which I find to have a better QPR than California wines, must admit not living in California puts me at a disadvantage of not being able to find and know the great values I am sure California has,plus living in Texas we hav... Read More

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  • I'm loving the Syrah wines right now, but I still look for the ones coming from Washington state.  Who makes the best Syrah wines?  France, USA, Australia? Read More

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  • It's Friday night (well, now it's early Saturday morning) and we've ... at the Italian Embassy in Washington DC.  The Washington Ballet Company was hosting a fund raising event there tonight and it was a blast.  Sandra really enjoyed herself.  We both love ballet.The wines and food pairings were exceptional.  Interestingly, the wines were provi... Read More

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  • So today is a new day.  Started off with a 2-hour massage and then I went ... I've had the Melot from Washington State before so it's a know good one ($12.99).  I think that French wine was around $22.  Anyway, I opened the Columbia Crest Syrah and it's quite good for this price point.  I might just get another bottle next time.  I'm drinking ... Read More

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  • It wouldn't have been out of place to request an older Cabernet Sauvignon, ... Besides, I usually enjoy the Washington State wines and I find them a good value, like Spanish wines in general.I did drink this 2016 Bordeaux that I picked up a few weeks ago at Wegman's grocery store.  I think it was about $9, but it tasted quite decent - easily w... Read More

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  • Last night we enjoyed a wine dinner with some friends from where we used to ... restaurant, so we ordered a Washington State wine, the 2014 Seven Falls Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon.  It was decent and they even gave us a taste first.  Our friends soon arrived and we moved to a table.  We shared our bottle and then Lloyd & Susan ordered the 2015 ... Read More

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  • The Seven Hills has my interest.  I wonder if I can find that locally in Virginia?  Read More

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  • Here are some of my favorite Washington State wines.  There are more - L'cole, Columbia Crest ( Thier H3 series is usually a good QPR buy) and Chateau Ste. Michelle to name a few.  But these are some that are currently in my cellar:Seven Hills - especially their Merlot - is a very good winery.Syrah, Merlot, Cabby - Good offerings.Equal to and in... 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...

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  • 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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