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...

  • Sauvignon Blanc

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

  • 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...

  • 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

  • Vitis Ridge

    Vitis Ridge has five partners, including Glen Brunger, Chris and Sharon Deckelmann and Bruce and ...

  • Otis Kenyon Wine

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

  • Stimson Estate Cellars

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

    Terra Blanca Winery and Estate Vineyard is located on internationally recognized Red Mountain in ...

  • Pacific Rim

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

  • Saviah Cellars

    Saviah Cellars is a family-owned and operated artisan winery located in the acclaimed Walla Walla...

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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

  • I had several of the Long Shadows wines.  The Pirouette was a blend and ... I believe about $50 USD in Washington.  I still have the 2008 Pedestal Merlot (Michel Rolland) and am anticipating it being the best of the lot.  I've heard the Chester Kidder is very good too.I've had a few really decent Cameron Hughes blends that were reasonably pric... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Locations F1 vs F2 vs F3

  • Our list is comprised of 80% Italy and 20% California/Washington.However we DO" Cork Bordeaux. 5th growth to best vintage comp., if kept best. I assure.My Best Bordeaux labels: personal.Cos D' EstronelBaron PichonComtess de LalandLeoville Las CasesCheval BlancBlye, Bourge and Castillion. (I like Cab/Cab Franc and Merlot in Bordeaux.) Obviously..... Read More

    Forum post in the topic High End Cabernet Sauvignon

  • Gravel Bar Alluvial Red Blend 2013


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  • Gramercy Cellars the Deuce Syrah 2012

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  • Baer Winery Ursa Columbia Valley 2012

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  • Yesterday was spent almost entirely in Washington DC; we headed out at 1 PM on the Metro to have lunch at Oceanaire, a fine seafood restaurant near the White House.  After that it was a short walk to the Renwick Gallery, which just opened again on this Friday the 13th with a new exhibit of modern art.  Soon it was time to head out again, this ti... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines

  • VV,I should have given my own notes!  The nose reminded me of Washington Cab Sav, currants and some pencil lead.  It was very full and I was surprised how much I liked it.  What a nice change from all the Merlot heavy stuff I've been drinking.  Long finish was great too.  I think it's about $26 or so.It was the 2012 (the photo was for reference)... Read More

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  • Thanks guys.  The wines selected are listed in one of the pictures towards ... hour we are heading out to Washington DC to attend another Phillips Museum performance.  Sandra is keeping us busy...DV - The 2009 Church and State Meritage sounds right up my alley. &nbs Read More

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  • Covey Run Riesling Quail 2010


    Very dry, acidic, and bitter Riesling - we didn't care for it. It paired okay with roasted chicken and vegetables, but a Chardonnay would better taken the place anywhere this Riesling could have worked. We'll definitely not be buying this again in the future. Bought at Cost Plus World Market. Read More

    Wine review by laebrown

  • Here is an interesting write up on a Washington Cabernet from Compass Wines.  They are a wine shop in Anacortes Washington run by Doug Charles.  Doug spent a considerable amount of time in the restaurant business and is a huge proponent of aging wine.  If you are ever searching for older wines, Compass is a place to check out.Anyway, on to the m... 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.

    Comment by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko

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

    Comment by 891722dunann 891722 dunann

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    Comment by 774968cooter browns 774968 cooter browns

  • 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

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