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

  • 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...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • 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...

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

  • Russell Creek Winery

    Russell Creek Winery was founded in 1998 in the southeast corner of the State of Washington on a ...

  • Covey Run Winery

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

  • Vital

    Our Story   Vital Wines produces wines that complete a circle.  All proceeds go to the SOS ...

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Kennedy Shah

    Woodhouse Family Cellars is a maker of high-quality, boutique Washington wines produced in the ol...

  • Five Star Cellars

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

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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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  • I agree.  I was able to find a Tedeschi Amarone 2013 for a recent virtual ... ... available in California, Washington State and elsewhere.I remember some Nebbiolo being grown in Santa Barbara and in the Baja California of Mexico with some promise.  But you'll still pay a high price, so you may not have advanced your position much from the orig... Read More

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  • Zuf great question I have no great answer. I did look at the ages of my wines ... ... wines I have are mostly Washington wines and the majority from 12-16 Australian 06-09. I rarely buy California wines, becuse I believe I can buy Washington get equal or better quality for at least 1/3 the price. I think I tend to buy wines I have had previou... Read More

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  • My reason for the different the wines I did  was to determine which ones I ... ... two were French and one Washington,Bourdeaux Blend.. we also did not taste the group of wines at the same time this was over a 7-8 hour period depending on what we were eating I started with coconut shrimp I opened a Reisling for that and that’s where everything... Read More

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  • L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon 2016

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    The L'Ecole No. 41 Semillon (14% Sauvignon Blanc) carries a medium yellow colour and an inviting ginger-oak-gooseberry nose with a good dollop of lime rind. Entry is velvety-smooth, with just a hint of warmth, oaky spice overlaying s bed of gooseberry and fig. This is a very good Bordeaux-style white that recalls Hunter Valley whites from Aust... Read More

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  • Interesting tasting DV. You were pretty much all over with the Cabs which I ... I ... grown in Australia, Washington, France, Chile, South Africa, or wherever. Other grapes completely disappear into the character. It's like say, John Wayne or Edward Norton. With big John, you always knew what you were getting whether he was a cowboy, a marine... Read More

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  • No I have also had problems, wonder if why there have been no articles.miss ... read Shane Sullivan,writes Washington wines and for Wine enthusiast , he was reviewing Oregon Pinots and as I understood it he was comparing them against what he thought Oregon Pinots should taste like, while in enjoy Oregon Pinots I don’t find them to taste the wa... Read More

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  • Hi Jack,Thanks to Zuf, I found if I Google "Snooth Forum beta", it ... reports.  If you like Washington wine, there's another called Washington Wine Blog.  You'll be on there for days!Any critic, taster or reviewer should identify the wine for what it is and only after they've stated it's characteristics, they could compare it to something sim... Read More

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  • Kiona Vineyards Red Mountain Ava Lemberger 2017

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    The 2017 Lemberger from Kiona is spot on for the usual flavour profile and acidity, the difference being a denser, fruitier and slightly less bracing mouth feel. The wine is black - a result of the searing summer heat in the Yakima area no doubt, but one notices the lighter body and food-friendly acidity right away. Finish is short to medium, ... Read More

    Wine review by zufrieden


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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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