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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Lucha Vino

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

  • 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...

  • 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...

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

  • Latah Creek Winery

    At Latah Creek our stylistic aim is to create wines that taste like the grapes from which they ca...

  • Saviah Cellars

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

  • Thurston Wolfe

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

  • Amavi Cellars

    Our name is a combination of the Latin root words "am" (love) and "vi" (life). It represents our ...

  • Arbor Crest Wine Cellars

    Winemaker Kristina Mielke-van Loben Sels the second generation of the Mielke family to oversee...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

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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


  • Reininger Helix Sangiovese Washington 2009

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    The color of the wine is a deep, brooding purple at the center leading to some bright ruby along the edges with a bit of opacity. The nose is a very rustic combination of ripe black fruit, plums, black cherry and black currant, over earthy aromas of leather, green grass and a bit of forest floor. The taste is wonderfully fruit forward, with a ... Read More

    Wine review by jtryka


  • 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


  • 2012 Chateau Ste Michelle Cabernet Sauvignon Indian Wells 2012

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    This wine has berry, chocolate and cinnamon notes and is somewhat simple compared with 2008 and 2009 vintages. Enjoyable but over priced. My rating -- 88. Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • 2012 Wildhaven Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve Horse Heaven Hills 2012

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    The 2102 vintage in Wa is highly rated but I am not finding that to be so. This Cabernet is characterized by chocolate and spice with moderate complexity but surely not like the 2009 vintage. Enjoyable but not profound. My rating -- 88 Read More

    Wine review by 540750Zuiko 540750 Zuiko


  • JD - Excellent selection with the Gramercy!Here is what I will be bringing to represent Washington:2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Horse Heaven Hills Syrah2007 Bunnell Family Cellar Clifton Hill Vineyard, Wahluke Slope 97% Syrah 3% Viognier2009 Smasne Cellars Block 3 Syrah Lawrence Vineyard 94% Syrah 6% Viognier2012 Nefarious Cellars Estate Defiance ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Just to clarify...Lucha is bringing Washington Syrah.  (he's transporting the Cassini Syrah for me!) and I'm also bringing the Le Vieux Pin Equinoxe Syrah (the one from the Judgement of Montreal).  I will bring a couple nice BC blends for those interested. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Syrah Offline 7/19/14 Sonoma...


  • Alexandria Nicole Jet Black Destiny Ridge Vineyard Horsr Heaven Hills 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by anchca


  • Pacific Rim Sweet Riesling Columbia Valley Wine 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Seven Falls Cabernet Sauvignon 2011

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    No written review

    Wine review by gmb468


  • Thank you Big Al for having the interest to even look that up!  The Washington one was pretty good actually and was only $24.  Skylite Cellars Reserve is really good, but is $47 (USD).  I've been trying a lot of BC Syrahs in search of another couple to bring to OT's event. The Kettle Valley I tried was a 2008 and had a gorgeous nose, great full ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • EM - We always make an Open Table reservation for this and many other restaurants in Washington DC.  They were very busy, mostly due to a concert that was soon to start at the Verizon Center (where the Washington Capitols play hockey) only two blocks north.  It is one of Jose's restaurants.  There is another one we frequent in Crystal City (real... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines


  • 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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