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 »

Mentor for Washington Wines

Jake Pippin

Wine marketing, education professional and Chile Brand Ambassador with Vine Connections with a love of wine old and new. I am wine geek and traveler with an unquenchable desire to explore the world of wine one region and country at a time

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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...

  • 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...

  • 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 Crest Winery

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

  • Andrew Will

    Andrew Will Winery was started in 1989 and is owned by Chris Camarda. The winery was launched ...

  • Pepper Bridge Winery

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

  • Five Star Cellars

    David Huse retired in 1999 and soon found that he needed something to occupy his time. He had alw...

  • Red Diamond

    Red Diamond is a brand of wines produced in Washington State since 2003. The value driven wines...

  • A Maurice Cellars

    The exquisite wine at àMaurice starts with respecting the land — healthy vines mean healthy wi...

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Washington on Snooth

  • 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


  • Today my sweetie and I went to taste wines at two wine shops in Northern ... ... that are written up in the Washington Post newspaper, and after a little wine tasting of about five wines, we found one of the ones we were looking for - the Lo Petit de la Casa.  From the tasting we grabbed the Buzet as it was pretty tasty.  Overall, a nice sunny... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • It wasn't long ago, maybe two years, that the Government changed a few of ... of ... don't write -off Washington wine though, you'd love the Cabs I'm sur Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • BYOB! Hey, it was 1/2 price wine night.  Why would I bring my own ... we can bring a bottle into a Washington DC restaurant.So Sandra and I each had a small glass, then we put a cork in it and took it (along with the take-out food when it was ready) to Sandra's parents place, where we opened it again and shared it with Sandra's father.  He lik... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Another Wednesday night and a take-out dinner that we bring over to ... Merlot ... Merlot from Columbia Valley, Washington.  At just $32 it wasn't a bad deal (this was the wine club price) but it wasn't our favorite Merlot. &nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Owen Roe Cabernet Franc Rosa Mystica Block 2010

    Snoothrank:

    Received this as a Christmas gift and oh what a wonderful gift. This could be one of my favorite Cabernet type wines. Deep beautiful cherry and current, forest floor chocolate, blueberry, nice acidity and well balanced tannins. This gives way to a spicy long lasting finish. Read More

    Wine review by jamessulis


  • AOA,Can you buy much Washington wine in Nevada?  I'm a big fan of Washington and although I like my BC wine and try to support it, I admit that Washington has kicked our asses for price/quality about 50% of the time.  Read More

    Forum post in the topic Whatcha drinking tonight?


  • AOA,Can you buy much Washington wine in Nevada?  I'm a big fan of Washington and although I like my BC wine and try to support it, I admit that Washington has kicked our asses for price/quality about 50% of the time.  Unfortunately, the place with the best wine selection in Vegas is Total Wine and More. I assume they have some Wash and Oregon wi... Read More

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  • We had the 2010 last night..... I thought it was ok and my wife thought it was ... have had better bottles from Washington State in this price range.I will pick-up the 2012 next week to compare.&nbs Read More

    Forum post in the topic Napa Vintages


  • Sandra and I enjoyed the evening last night at The Kennedy Center Opera House, ... ... time we were there for a Washington National Opera (WNO) rehearsal, where previously the only rehearsals we had heard were by the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO).  I was worried a bit that this would be like a few of the NSO rehearsals, where they suddenly... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • Well, the opera Salome was quite a performance.  We were in the first row, ... the Georgetown district of Washington DC.  After a good review of the wines on hand - including a Ridge Montebello 2011 and a Stags Leap Cabernet, we ended up with a sommelier recommendation of a nice Rhone wine from the Chateauneuf-du-Pape appelleation since we will... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines


  • 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


  • velvet devil

    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


  • 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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