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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Varietals Produced in Washington View all

  • 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...

  • Cabernet Sauvignon

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

  • 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

  • Saviah Cellars

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

  • A Maurice Cellars

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

  • Terra Blanca Winery & Estate Vineyard

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

  • Boomtown

    What is BOOMTOWN? BOOMTOWN by Dusted Valley offers varietal specific wines with one goal ...

  • Cougar Creek Wine

    At Cougar Creek Wine, we specialize in homemade fruit and grape wines. These wines from our small...

  • 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://...

    Comment by 114337HardRow 114337 HardRow


  • We just ordered six of Kelly's wines, 2 each of the 2014 Maresh ... ... exploring the wineries in Washington (Walla Walla) and Oregon; first we will drive back down to see my sisters again in Corvallis (stopping for a few nights in McMinnville again, possibly staying at that Youngberg Hill bed & breakfast inn / winery).  I'm mentioning this be... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Oregon Pinot - Kelley Fox Wines


  • Amavi Cabernet Sauvignon Walla Walla Valley 2011

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  • That's all fine and welcome to the site! There are many fine wines that you ... Slovenia, Austria, New York, Washington, California, and elsewhere. And the good news is that they're usually on the less expensive side, even for the good ones. It could be a fun little projec Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • 14 Hands White Blend Horse Heaven Hills Hot To Trot White 2011

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    Wine review by doublefantasy


  • Apex Cellars 2012

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    Big full red smooth finish. Best decanted for an hour before serving Read More

    Wine review by MoTighenyc


  • But how surprised were you, really, by his diarrhea of the pointage?Wasn't ... on a flight from Dallas to Washington. In fact, I do not believe you ever rated a spit bucket.  Not knowingly, anyway.  Posting that link means you cannot return to the US--talk about crimes against humanit Read More

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  • Wine in the Water Park on 01 July; it was a gloomy start with a thunderstorm ... even though Sandra was in Washington DC with one of her girlfriends attending a performance, I managed to enjoy a nice Cabernet Sauvignon (2010 Merryvale from Napa) and rib-eye steak at Ruth's Chris, an easy walk down Crystal Drive in Crystal City.  Sandra and I a... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekday Wines - Post Pictures...


  • We did our annual treat for our friends Greg & Beth last night - ... and ... and comedy at the Improv in Washington DC.  Two bottles of red wine and a scotch at the Improv was enough for u Read More

    Forum post in the topic Weekend Wines - Post Pictures...


  • Yesterday we conducted another wine tasting party at our friends Sally & ... seven Virginia AVAs (George Washington Birthplace AVA, Middleburg AVA, The Monticello AVA, The North Fork of Roanoke AVA, The Rocky Knob AVA, The Shenandoah Valley AVA and Virginia's Eastern Shore AVA).  We ended up with eight bottles; a Cabernet Sauvignon, two Viogni... Read More

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  • Re: Cab/Syrah blends, do we agree that Washington is the biggest culprit here?Have had some real nasty ones from WA State. Read More

    Forum post in the topic Masters of Wine - Syrah Panel...


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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...

    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!

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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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